The story of the first Thanksgiving.
By TR Bergstrom
November 5, 2017 2:40am CST
I got curious about the whole story again. So, I looked it up on the history channel website and, Wikipedia, the first Thanksgiving, at least as most recognize it, was in 1621 at Plymouth rock, between the Pilgrims and, the Wampanoag Indians, after a very hard journey on the Mayflower during the dead of winter, where about half the crew of 102 passengers died from exposure, scurvy and, other out breaks, the Indians then taught the very sick men and, women how to farm corn, extract sap from maple trees and, catch fish, after the Pilgrims first successful harvest they had the first Thanksgiving feast, which is believed to of been a meal of Duck, Goose, Venison, Corn, Porridge, fish, lobster and, last but not least everyone's favorite today wild turkey, back then though it's believed duck was the center piece. Another interesting note is in 1863, during the civil war between the North and, the South. Abraham Lincoln declared that there should be a day of Thanksgiving each November. Some information verified at Wikipedia and, the history channel website. Photo is from Pixabay free images.
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Both sides of my family claim that we had relatives who came over on the Mayflower. I don't know if that's true or not, as they never have specific names and to my knowledge no one has actually traced our family line back that far; but, it would be cool if it was true. I have always loved the Thanksgiving story, and it's interesting to know what kinds of food they would have eaten at that first feast. I would have never thought of lobster! Can you imagine how difficult it would have been preparing all that food back then, without modern conveniences like electricity and modern ovens?
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@TRBRocks420 You know, if you think of it, I wonder how many of us have ancestors who were Pilgrims. I would be interested in tracing my family tree back that far and seeing if we actually did come here on the Mayflower. I have some Native American heritage too, but I don't know what tribe or what part of the country they were from.