Written Accounts Of The First Thanksgiving

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There are only two contemporary accounts of the 1621 Thanksgiving:  First is  Edward Winslow’s account, which he wrote in a letter dated December 12, 1621.  The complete letter was first published in 1622.

Our corn [i.e. wheat] did prove well, and God be  praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good,  but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown.  They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom.  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, amongst 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 on 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. Click here to read more.



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