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Transcript of Thanksgiving
Before the first settlers came to the East Coast, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes.
The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations.
Settling and Exploring
Squanto, a leader of the Abenaki, and Tisquantum, visited the settlers and helped them grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields.
After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the settlers and the native people.
They joined together to protect each other from other tribes in March of 1621.
The First Thanksgiving
The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth (present-day Massachusetts) in 1621
The Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together and ate a meal that consisted of: deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat.
Some Brief History
The first settlers came to the East Coast of the United States on a ship called the Mayflower
On this ship there were 102 passengers
The settlers (also known as the Pilgrims) comprised the Plymouth Colony and settled on what is now called Cape Cod
It's celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November
People usually gather with their friends and family, give thanks, and eat dinner together
Dinner usually consists of: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, biscuits or cornbread, and pumpkin pie for dessert