The First Thanksgivings


Danny Martinez, Contributor


The first Thanksgiving meal goes way back to November 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration, an event regarded as America’s”First Thanksgiving”.

The food that was brought on the table was local vegetables that likely appear in the table included onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots, and perhaps peas. Fruits included blueberries, raspberries, plums, grapes, and plums.

Turkey was a big part in this meal because turkey was indeed plentiful in the region and a common food source for both English settlers and Native Americans.

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This all started by one day in fall, four settlers were sent to hunt food for a harvest celebration.

The Wampanoag heard gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit who thought the English settlers might be preparing for war.

Massasoit visited the English settlement with 90 of his men to see if the rumor was true.  Soon after their visit, the Native Americans realized that the English were only hunting for the harvest celebration.  Massasoit sent some of his men to hunt deer for the feast and for three of his men to hunt deer for the feast and for three days, the English and Natives had a Thanksgiving feast.