This is the story of the Pilgrims. From The Separatists (pilgrims) "separating" from the England church on there way to Holland to voyaging the mayflower and overcoming a harsh winter, but with the Mayflower compact and the help of the Indians they eventually celebrate there thanks for surviving the journey, and thus, the first Thanksgiving.
The separatists wanted to "separate" from the Church of England because they worshiped differently than the church. Because of this, they were treated much differently, being neglected by many in England. So the separatists, today more widely known as the Pilgrims, decided to ask the king's permission to go to America to start a new life...... and he said yes!
I am tired of them treating us like this!
We should Separate and move to America
So, the Pilgrims took a a ship used to carry cargo, not people, called the Mayflower and packed 102 passengers, 51 men, 21 boys, 20 women, and 10 girls into the lower deck, with the floor of the deck only being 25 by 80 ft. They were headed for the Hudson River, but a storm near the second half of the journey, which took 2 months, blew them off course and they landed instead in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
I'm trying, father!
Help me, son!
I'm gonna be sick!
When they arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Nov. 11th, 1620, still on the boat, an official document called the Mayflower Compact was signed. It stated that "such just and equal laws" and a "Body Politick" would be made "for the general good of the colony". The signers believed that by these principles the colony would honor covenants between each other and between god and by that be bound.
....Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick,.....such just and equal Laws,...for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, ...
The first winter of 1620-1621 was very cold harsh. Many Pilgrims died and others suffered drastically from that winter. The land seemed to lack resources and it's soil wasn't very fertile. Even given the close resource of water, they wouldn't have had much luck fishing in the icy water and it wasn't fresh.
She IS dead!
I feel like I'm dying!
Then one day a friendly Indian, named Squanto, came up to the camp. He had been a former captive of some other English men, so he knew some English. He offered the Pilgrims some help and without him, they may not have been able to survive. Squanto showed them how to fish the area, showed them where it was good to hunt, he showed them where they could find fresh water, and he showed them how to make the ground more fertile. They even made an alliance with his tribe.
This is our chief....
Thank you, for all your kindness towards our colony.
So, the pilgrims and the Indians had a big feast from there new crops and meat that the Indians helped them harvest, to give thanks for a colony of free worship and most of all to give thanks for Squanto's help through that harsh winter. Thus, the first thanksgiving was created. Today we still celebrate thanksgiving to acknowledge that day, and all that we are thankful for.
Wait... Aren't we supposed to be sitting at a table eating turkey?
... but Addison couldn't find any turkey table or chairs so we are standing behind rectangles eating hamburger