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Thanksgiving and First Contact

Every school-child learns how Thanksgiving started. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in December of 1620. Their first winter was devastating, never mind the horrible passage from England. The survivors were aided by local indigenous people who taught them how to fish and plant corn. By the time their first harvest came around, the Pilgrims were so grateful for their native neighbors’ aid, they invited them to join in a harvest celebration, and thus was born Thanksgiving.