In honor of Thanksgiving, I am going to post about the history of Thanksgiving. I know that there are many of you who probably already know the history but I have run across several people who don’t know the history of the American Thanksgiving! I’m not sure why but for some reason there are people who don’t know the history of this wonderful holiday.
This post isn’t going to go into great detail about the history. Mostly, I’m just going to do some facts about the holiday and leave some links in the reference section if you are curious about Thanksgiving.
- The first Thanksgiving was a celebration by the pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in the 17th century.
- There are only two firsthand accounts of the feast.
- The first account is by William Bradford
- The second account is by Edward Winslow
- The reason the pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving was to celebrate the harvest that came in that year.
- There were only 53 people who survived the first year traveling to the new world and the first winter.
- There were originally 102 colonists that made the trip on the Mayflower.
- The local Wampanoag tribe helped the pilgrims survive their first year in the new world.
- Most scholars believe that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated sometime between September and November of 1621.
- The pilgrims did not eat what we normally eat for Thanksgiving.
- They most likely ate lobsters, mussels, venison, and other crops that were common during that time.
- Turkey wasn’t associated with Thanksgiving until the 1840s.
- Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated nationally until Dec. 18, 1777.
So, there you have it, folks! Sorry that this post was more information-heavy. I just thought that it was a shame that there are so many people I have come across that don’t know anything about this great holiday. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and eats a ton of food!
Be Strong and Courageous