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How They Did It: The First Thanksgiving

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turkey In reality we know very little about the first ‘Thanksgiving’ (some even claim the first thanksgiving feast was actually in St Augustine). But even so there is little doubt that the first feast had little in common what we In America consider a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving.

There are only two accounts of what actually happened at the ‘first’ Thanksgiving, the most detailed coming from Mourt’s Relation, a first hand account of the Pilgrim’s experience.

“our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others.  And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want,  that we often wish you partakers of our plentie.”

So again, we really don’t know much. But since this first feast wasn’t a special holiday meal, we can safely assume they simply ate what was available. And to that end we found an wonderfully detailed article from the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project that provides a lot of detail into the foods, utensils and cooking methods used by the native Americans of the day. Also info on what foods the Pilgrims brought from England.

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  • Joe Hill said:

    Okay so I don’t know how I ended up on this page, but it should be “A wonderfully detailed article”.

    =P

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