The 1st Thanksgiving Was Celebrated In 1621!

Posted on: November 22nd, 2023 | By Cliff Keith | Blog, Featured Posts, Holidays | No Comments

The 1st Thanksgiving Was Celebrated In 1621!

The 1st Thanksgiving Was Celebrated In 1621! 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.

What happened?

When early autumn of 1621  there was only around 53 of the surviving Pilgrims from over 200 who started the first colony. The Pilgrims celebrated their old English custom of acknowledging their successful harvest.

The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans, work together forming a new bond as equals and friends.

Do remember William Bradford?

William Bradford was the Governor of Plymouth the first colony in the new frontier know as King George’s America. 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. Unfortunately, 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.

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 was a teacher who showed the Colonists how to grow their plants. He did this with an example of adding 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.

What US President started the tradition?

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln was the President.  Lincoln began the now National tradition of  Thanksgiving. This was a time in history Lincoln was looking for a way to ease the tension between the North and South. A sad time in US history

Happy Thanksgiving

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. Enjoy!

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