It’s a well-known fact that a lot of American citizens prefer sitting down to their traditional meals devoted to Thanksgiving day. However, this important holiday is actually celebrated not in a similar way in comparison to the historical event that was the source of inspiration for it.
In spite of the fact that very little is known concerning first Thanksgiving, we definitely know that it wasn’t November when it had taken place for the first time. Apart from that, almost all of its participants weren’t Pilgrims, but Natives. What is more, they didn’t eat any pumpkin pies or cranberry sauces.
“The First Thanksgiving 1621” is an oil painting that was created by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. Frankly speaking, it depicts the Plymouth Pilgrims as well as the Wampanoag Native Americans that wear historically inaccurate clothes.
In accordance with Nathaniel Philbrick, who wrote Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, the precise date when the original Thanksgiving meal of Pilgrims occurred is unknown. In fact, Philbrick considers that it probably may have taken place in late September 1621.
- Food they consumed on the first Thanksgiving
Taking into consideration the fact that thanks to the Native Americans the colonists got to know how to fertilize the ground with the help of fish, that harvest was undoubtedly significant to the survival of Plymouth. In a December 1621, it has been written by one of the colony’s leaders, whose name is Edward Winslow, that the colonists had had a rather abundant harvest including corn and the native food crop.
In addition, William Bradford stated that the settlers managed to catch a lot of fish, such as bass, cod, and other. To add, they succeeded in amassing much venison and many wild turkeys. To add, they had lots of eels, lobsters, and mussels. Moreover, they discovered a great amount of fruit, like gooseberries, strawberries, plums, and raspberries.
As a matter of fact, the settlers were absolutely satisfied with their food situation since they had it enough. Winslow wrote that men lived there really contented. Consequently, that made it appear like a perfect time for holding a feast.
With regard to Winslow’s account, four men that served Bradford were sent by him to hunt fowl. Due to the fact that they killed very many birds, they had a special reason for rejoicing.