A time of Thanksgiving in America

The first Thanksgiving is probably America’s most famous feast.

After Plymouth colonists’ first harvest the governor declared a day of thanksgiving and prayer. Chief Massasoit and 91 other Wampanong Indians were invited to the October feast in the year 1621.

According to the People’s Almanac II, the first Thanksgiving menu included venison stew cooked over an outdoor fire, spit-roasted wild turkey stuffed with corn bread, oysters baked in their shell, sweet corn baked in its husks and pumpkin baked in a bag and flavored with maple syrup. A special after-dinner treat, a bushel of popped maize, was provided by Massasoit’s brother, Quadequina. This was the colonists’ first exposure to the all-American treat.


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