Stop stuffing the turkey! Stop mashing the potatoes! We've had it wrong all along, the first real Thanksgiving was not at Plymouth Rock in 1621. It was 50 years earlier in Florida.
*cHARLIe 2112(^:*/Flikr Commons This is not the first Thanksgiving.
The strife of our country's first colonists as they sailed on the Mayflower seeking religious freedom is a crucial part of our nation's history. And in 1621 when they feasted with the Wampanoag Indians over poultry and maize, it was a sign that the worst was over. Every fourth Thursday of November we re-create that initial Thanksgiving.
But, according to one author, it was on September 8, 1565 that the first Thanksgiving actually occurred in Florida.More »