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We all know that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 by the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock right? Sorry but that is wrong.
The first recorded Thanksgiving in what would become the United States was in September of 1565 in what would become St. Augustine Florida by 600 Spanish settlers. Since this colony did become part of the United States, it is the first Thanksgiving held in the United States.
Another Thanksgiving was held in April of 1598 by another Spanish colony just outside of what would become El Paso, Texas.
Yet another was held in December of 1619 by English settlers in the Virginia colony of Berkeley Hundred on the James River.
And yet history still records the first Thanksgiving as being held at the English Plymouth colony in the fall of 1621. Exact dates are still being argued, but it was held to as a harvest feast to celebrate their first harvest. It wasn’t even called a Thanksgiving celebration. It is rather iconic that this has become known as the “First Thanksgiving” while the 1565 Spanish celebration was a Thanksgiving Mass.
Well it really does not matter who gets the credit, but now we all know that Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. This year that is on the 26th.
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