First Thanksgiving


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  • Governor William Bradford orders four men to go fowling, that they may rejoice together after the crops have been harvested
  • Massoasoit gets his men to kill five deer.
  • The trees here have so much more color than those back in England!
  • Some 90 Natives showed up to the gathering, outnumbering the Pilgrims almost two to one.
  • Where are the women?
  • The first Thanksgiving was an outside gathering with most standing or sitting while the game was roasting over a fire. 
  • Not until 1863, during the middle of the Civil War, does Thanksgiving become a national holiday.
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