Thanksgiving is a reminder of how people often take their blessings for granted … or, is it?
The holiday, at its most uneasy, is a reminder of why persons feel grateful not to see their relatives on a daily basis!
Likewise, behind the prospective shouting matches and motorcade of calories is a plenteous and sometimes heart-harrowing history. There are moments of excess, penury, and outlandishness that many people may have never heard of, let alone envisaged while licking their plates clean.
In it’s fable you’ll find cannibals, presidents, animals, and a pirate. You’ll find sorrow, laughter, and fictitious beliefs in need of myth-bursting — because a day spent to overeat ought of be annealed by food for thought. Not all you come across will make you grin, though maybe you will be thankful that you read and learned some new Thanksgiving factuals.
Native Americans had ceremonies to give thanks long before the infamous 1621 Plymouth feast that is often publicized as the basis for Thanksgiving, according to the Library of Congress. Plymouth appears like a capricious starting point because colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, held a food-related thanksgiving prayer service in 1610.
The 1610 ceremony is overlooked and virtually omitted from the history books, primarily due to its grisly backstory.
Jamestown’s settlers — well, what remained of them –- had just endured the Starving Time by the skin of their hyde. Amidst an acrimonious winter in which 80% of Jamestown’s 300 colonists died, the exceedingly desperate colonists resorted to eating shoe leather, rats, horses, and inevitably human flesh. The ravenous few who lived were rescued by British ships containing food.via JestPic
In 1619 Virginia hosted another thanksgiving service when Captain John Woodlief, a Starving Time survivor, traveled to the Berkley region on business. This following, less ‘people-flavored’ festive is the one Virginians tend to acknowledge as the “first” American Thanksgiving.
Ironically, JFK seemed to recognize this fact in a 1963 speech.
Nevertheless nearly nobody gives credit to poor ol’ Jamestown because some parts of the history are difficult to stomach, particularly when those parts belong to humans.
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