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The First Thanksgiving

Ireland McGuirk, Reporter

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I’m sure everyone has wondered why we have Thanksgiving. We might have learned in elementary school that the pilgrims and the Indians became friends and celebrated with a feast, but that’s just the dumbed down version of the whole story. In November of 1620, a group of people from England hit land. They later named this place Plymouth and there is still a rock there to this day that the pilgrims carved the year into. The Wampanoag Indians soon found and greeted these new people.l The pilgrims did not know how to plant food or hunt. They didn’t even know how to build a house. The Indians taught the pilgrims how to do all this stuff so that they would live.

The following November(1621) the Indians shared their harvest celebration feast with the pilgrims. This was soon described as the “First Thanksgiving.” However they didn’t have the yummy turkey and buttery mashed potatoes like we do, they had duck stuffed with nuts, berries, and herbs for flavor, many fruits and veggies, fish, shellfish, raw potatoes, and their version of pumpkin pie. Since they obviously didn’t have ovens in 1621 their version of a pumpkin pie was a hollowed-out pumpkin or squash filled with milk honey and other spices. They would torch the whole gourd over a fire which would create a custard-like filling.

Next time your awkwardly sitting with your family on Thanksgiving, you can thank the Indians. Let’s also be thankful for how far our pie come since the 1600’s.

 

Source: www.history.com/firstthanksgiving

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