It’s Turkey Time! Revisiting the First Thanksgiving

by Rachel Schaffner

Thanksgiving is an important event in the United States. Why do we celebrate this holiday? Today, we celebrate it as a national family event. But the first Thanksgiving was not as cheerful.

In September of 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 passenger for the shores of North America. Approximately fifty-one Pilgrims died during the trip and first winter in the new world. With help from the local Native Americans, the Pilgrims learned to cultivate corn and hunt for food. In November 1621 after the harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a feast with invitations to the Native American tribes. This event has been remember as our “First Thanksgiving.”

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