The First Thanksgiving

In November 1621, after the pilgrims first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a feast and invited a group of Native American allies, the festival lasted for 3 days, they served geese, duck, venison, fish, turkey, lobsters, mussels, stew, beer, corn bread, pumpkin, and squash. And it wasn’t just about eating they did hunting and other entertainments. And it’s now known for the first Thanksgiving. In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclaimed by the National Government of the United States. Which took place on Thursday, November 26 1789. Thanksgiving didn’t become an annual tradition nationwide until the 19th century. Sarah Josepha Hale waged nearly a 30 year campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday and she also published recipes for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its religious significance. It now centers on cooking and sharing bountiful meals with friends and family.