The First Thanksgiving – A Story
The First Thanksgiving was a celebration in 1621. The story of Thanksgiving is taught in school to every child since then. The first Thanksgiving challenged early Americans and the American Indians. Because of its outcome of this important day it became an important part in our history. Thanksgiving from those early days in Plymouth is a day still enjoyed by all on this thankful Fall day.
During the early autumn of 1621, only 53 of the surviving Pilgrims remain from the over 200 who started the first colony, Plymouth. The Pilgrims celebrated their old English custom of acknowledging their successful harvest. It was not called “Thanksgiving” as we call it today.
During this harvest celebration the great Indian Chief, Massasoit and 90 of his warriors attended the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans, work together forming a new bond as equals and friends. Each provided food using the hunting skills they had for the celebration that would be remembered as the “First Thanksgiving in Plymouth.”
Do remember William Bradford?
William Bradford was the Governor of Plymouth the first colony in the new frontier know as King George’s America. When first started Plymouth was a “Socialist” colony. Everyone loved their new Country and the religious freedom it provided them. As the colony began to grow all its colonists went about their lives as they saw fit Some farmed, some continued skills they had learned in their early life. And then there were some who believed doing nothing was productive enough. Come harvest time everyone started to realize there wasn’t enough food to survive the winter. The yield produced by those that farmed was low. There was not enough food for everyone. As a result over 80% of the original colonists did not survive the first winter in America.
American Indians to the rescue
Seeing the suffering of the Colonist, Indian Chief, Massasoit brought 90 of his Braves to the Colonist’s Thanksgiving celebrate with food in hand. Massasoit also taught the Colonists how to increase their yield by adding compost like fish head under the seed. Collaboration between the American Indians and the Colonists provided the opportunity for the success of Plymouth and the establishment of the beginning of the United States of America.
The Free Enterprise System
William Bradford realized the method of governance used in Plymouth did not work for the best of all. He proclaimed that in the if the citizens of Plymouth did not produce something to barter or trade with others in the future would not be help by others. This was the start of the “Free Enterprise System” used in America’s society today of Democracy.
What US President started the tradition?
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln was the President who began the National tradition of what’s known today as Thanksgiving. At a time in history Lincoln was looking for a way to ease the tension between the North and South who were starting what is known as the American Civil War. A sad time in US history
I would like to wish you and your family-loved ones the best Thanksgiving ever this year. Being thankful only one day out the year doesn’t seem to be enough. However, it’s a good start. Enjoy![Tweet “The first thanksgiving was a celebration in 1621”]
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