Wednesday, November 24, 2010

“First Thanksgiving” written by Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth (1621):

“First Thanksgiving” written by Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth (1621):


Edward Winslow’s First Thanksgiving Account (1621)


There are not very many actual accounts of the first Thanksgiving. Scholars use this one to verify some of the activities of that first feast. Read and imagine the first Thanksgiving that was almost 400 years ago. “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 partakers of our plenty.”

No comments: