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The History of Thanksgiving

By Shiloh


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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. You get together with family and friends, have a big meal, and play games. It’s a nice time to talk and have family time. But have you ever wondered about the history of thanksgiving? How it started or why it started? If so, then this article will be very helpful and interesting article for you.

So, in 1620 a ship called Mayflower left Plymouth, England. The Mayflower carried 102 people. Only about half of the passengers survived. The people of Plymouth had a very harsh winter so most of them stayed on the boat, The Mayflower, but they suffered from exposer to other diseases like scurvy and outbreaks.

After the winter, a tribe called the Abenaki tribe greeted them in English! A few days later, the tribe returned with another Native American. His name was Squanto. He was part of the Pawtuxet tribe. He had been kidnapped and sold into slavery before he could get to London and return to his homeland on an exploratory expedition.

He taught the Native Americans how to cure illness, harvest corn, get sap from maple leaves, catch fish, and how to identify different poisonous plants. In November 1621, the first corn harvest proved successful. Then the governor organized a big celebratory feast. Then on October 6, 1941, Thanksgiving was made an official holiday.

Since then, Thanksgiving has been a holiday that almost everyone in America knows about and can celebrate. But it was not always a HAPPY thanksgiving. If you want to learn more about The True History of Thanksgiving, click on the link below.



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