Thursday, November 23, 2006


Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men
on fowling, so that we might after a special manner rejoice
together after we had gathered the fruit of our labor. They
four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside,
served the comany almost a week. At which time, amongst
other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the
Indians coming among us, and among the rest their
greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom
for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went
out and killed five deer, which they brought to the
plantatation and bestowed on our governor, and upon
the captain, and others.
~ Edward Winslow, recalling Thanksgiving celebration
in Plymouth, 1621

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