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What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than traveling American making your own discoveries at destinations near and far. With your clothes packed, the refrigerator stocked, and the RV ready to go, celebrate the day the way the Pilgrims did so long ago.
History of Thanksgiving
It all began in 1620 when over 100 Puritans who had fled from England to Holland made the journey to the New World. The trip was financed by the Merchant Adventurers, a group of English investors.
The passengers set sail to their new home aboard the Mayflower on September 6, 1620. It took over 65 days for the voyage. The group arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts and began the arduous task of setting up a settlement.
History tells us that Samoset – an Abnaki Indian – visited the new settlement and welcomed the Pilgrims in March 16, 1621. He returned with Squanto, a Patuxet Indian. Both men spoke English but Squanto spoke eloquently and with a British accent. He had been kidnapped a few years earlier by Captain Thomas Hunt who had plans to sell him into slavery along with other Native Americans.
Squanto was rescued by a group of friars and ultimately made his way to London where he lived with John Slaney, the treasurer of the Newfoundland Company. He learned the language and was ultimately employed by the company as an interpreter. He returned to Plymouth in 1619 and first met the Pilgrims on March 22, 1621.
With his help, the Pilgrims learned to survive the harsh winters, which poisonous plants to avoid, removing sap from maple trees, fishing techniques for catching eels, making fertilizer for crops, and how to plant and harvest corn and other crops. With this knowledge, the Pilgrims were able to sustain their food supply especially during the winter.
The Thanksgiving celebration began when Governor William Bradford of Plymouth wanted to acknowledge the successful harvest. The Native American Indians were invited and both the Pilgrims and the Indians prepared food which is thought to have consisted of fish and venison. The feast lasted three days.
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