Giving thanks should be everyday thing
Let’s set the record straight on Thanksgiving.
It started as a celebration of the first successful harvest by the Pilgrims probably in 1621. It lasted three days and was likely attended by 53 Pilgrims and as many as 90 Native Americans who may, or may not, have been invited.
There was no turkey or sweet potatoes or pie. They probably dined on fish stew and cornmeal mush and wild game if they were lucky. What we know of the meal is limited to a few lines in two books by Pilgrims: “Mourt’s Relation” by Edward Winslow and “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford, the founder and governor of the Plymouth Colony settlement.
The Pilgrims were celebrating their first “halfway decent harvest” when members of the Wampanoag tribe showed up, likely uninvited, according to journalist Charles Mann, who wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.
Bradford’s account doesn’t mention the Wampanoag, but Winslow describes Pilgrims rejoicing the “fruits of our labours” with “many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others.”
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