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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

  • The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
  •  They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'. 
  •  They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts. 
  •  The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land. 
  •  The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.  The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. 
  •  Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.
  •  Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
  •  The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
  •  Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  •  Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
  •  Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  •   In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.

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