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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thanksgiving observed by the Pilgrims at Plymouth

William Lockhart Made The First Thanksgiving 1621, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (18631930). The painting shows common misconceptions about the event that persist to modern times: Pilgrims did not wear such outfits, and the Wampanoag are dressed in the style of Native Americans from the Great Plains.[12]
Americans commonly trace the Thanksgiving holiday to a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the Plymouth settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. Autumn or early winter feasts continued sporadically in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.

Squanto, a Patuxent Native American who resided with the Wampanoag tribe, taught the Pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn and served as an interpreter for them (Squanto had learned English during travels in England). Additionally the Wampanoag leader Massasoit had donated food stores to the fledgling colony during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient.

The Pilgrims celebrated at Plymouth for three days after their first harvest, in 1621. Seventeenth-century accounts do not identify this as a Thanksgiving observance, rather it followed the harvest. Two colonists gave personal accounts of the 1621 feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Pilgrims, most of whom were Separatists (English Dissenters), are not to be confused with Puritans who established their own Massachusetts Bay Colony nearby (current day Boston) in 1628 and had very different religious beliefs.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INTENTIONALME 11/4/2013 6:37AM

    Thanks for the information. I live in Massachusetts and was just at Plimouth Plantation over the summer. Plymouth is a great town, lots of interesting little shops. They also have a dog beach, which is very unusual near Cape Cod. Our dogs love it!

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NNZOOM 11/3/2013 6:02PM

    I bet their "feast" wasn't near as tasty as ours!!! emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 10/31/2013 7:35AM

    Thank you for the info. As an Aussie I didn't know it. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here.

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PEGGYO 10/31/2013 7:10AM


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PATTYKLAVER 10/30/2013 8:23AM

    I really need to go back and read up on American History. I have found that in what little I have learned, not much has stuck in my brain.

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IS1GAR 10/29/2013 6:57PM


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AWESOMECHELZ 10/29/2013 4:57PM

    Great blog! I knew some things and also learned new things. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/29/2013 2:20PM

    Wonderful information!

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