The First Thanksgiving



First of all, from all of us at Scared Monkeys, Happy Thanksgiving. We wish you all a day to share with those close you and reflect on all the joy and happiness in your lives.

As we sit around the Thanksgiving table this year, let us look back at the first Thanksgiving. While odds are they did not have a sweet potato pie, there was a great deal of  venison and turkey to eat.

What foods topped the table at the first harvest feast? Historians aren’t completely certain about the full bounty, but it’s safe to say the pilgrims weren’t gobbling up pumpkin pie or playing with their mashed potatoes. Following is a list of the foods that were available to the colonists at the time of the 1621 feast. However, the only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources. The most detailed description of the “First Thanksgiving” comes from Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakersof our plenty. via the History Channel

Posted November 23, 2006 by
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    3 Responses to “The First Thanksgiving”

    1. Carpe Noctem on November 24th, 2006 12:47 am

      Miracles happen everyday…

      We will find Natalee,and the guilty will be held accountable.

      …of this, I have not ONE doubt!


      God Bless, and much love goes out to
      the Holloway-Twitty families…
      today (THANKSGIVING),
      and each and everyday!

      We are with you
      in this until
      the end.


      Justice 4 Nat.

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