The First Thanksgiving

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“The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story”

Have you ever heard of the first thanksgiving? Well, there was one “how to” story for teachers to be able to teach their students effectively. Written by Chuck Larsen, the story was entitled, “Information for Teachers”. In the story, Larsen explained that the majority of Americans were taught in school – which was not entirely true. An interesting guy Larsen was. His ancestors witnessed the first official Thanksgiving and what emphasizes this is that his ancestors originated from both the pilgrims and the Indians. It's a challenge to know a wide spread of knowledge and having to choose the important information to share.

It was 1620 when the Pilgrims had decided to venture for unfound land and cross the
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Patuxet once on the spot where the pilgrims had built Plymouth but disappeared over time. Little did the Pilgrims know that Squanto had traveled to New England before with a friend named, “John Weymouth”. When he had returned, he was captured by a British slaver and was sold to the Spanish in the Caribbean Islands. When he met a priest on the islands, they became friends. The priest helped Squanto escape the islands to get to Spain. When he got to Spain, he was brought on a ship and was sailed off to England. He found Cpt. Weymouth when he got to England and was immediately taken back to his homeland. They returned to Patuxet the same year the Pilgrims arrived.

Unfortunately, when they got to Patuxet, there were bones everywhere as a result of a plague that the English slavers had left behind. That was the moment that Squanto had decided to move with the neighboring Wampanoags. He moved with Samoset.

One day when Squanto and Samoset were hunting on the shorelines of Patuxet, they surprisingly saw people from England on the shores of their homeland. They took days to observe the people and soon decided it was time to confront them. Samoset was first to approach them and say hello, and so did Squanto. They became friends with the pilgrims very quickly.

What they found sad about the pilgrims was that they were in no good condition whatsoever. They lived under dirt-covered shelters, they had almost no more food, and many of them had died


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