We might all think we know the true origin of Thanksgiving, but do we really? Here’s the story on exactly what inspired the very first Thanksgiving.
The Mayflower fleet hailed from Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers whose sights were set on Hudson Bay. The ship ending up settling in Massachusetts, establishing the “Plymouth” village.
Unfortunately, only about half of the settlers made it through the New England winter. In March, when the settlers began exploring the area, a member of the Abenaki tribe greeted them in English. He came back a few days later with Squanto by his side. Squanto was a Native American who had been through a harrowing journey, escaping slavery and finding his way back home from London.
Despite Squanto’s terrifying past with an Englishmen, he helped the Puritans without fear; showing them how to cultivate corn and catch fish, along with crucial survival skills. Because of Squanto’s generosity, the Pilgrims had their first successful corn harvest in November 1621. The Wampanoag tribe and the Pilgrims dined together for the first real Thanksgiving, representing an alliance that would last over 50 years.
The real Thanksgiving is truly all about giving, as proved by the Wampanoag tribe. So remember why we are saying thanks – those who never had to help, did.