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Hawk    Posted 11-25-2004 at 03:50:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

A Native American named Samoset walks into Plimoth colony and says "Welcome Englishmen." Samoset had learned some English from European fishermen. He introduces the Pilgrims to the Wampanoag leader Chief Massasoit. They also meet Squanto, who knows English too.
Chief Massasoit offers friendship and help to the Pilgrims. The two groups exchange gifts and sign the "Treaty of Friendship."

Plimoth Governor William Bradford declares a feast to give thanks to God for their first harvest. Massasoit and 90 other Wampanoag are invited to join the 52 Pilgrims for this three-day feast.

The English serve wild turkeys, geese, and ducks. The Wampanoag bring five deer, along with lobsters, clams, oysters, and fish. The feast also includes cucumbers, carrots, cabbages, turnips, radishes, onions, beets, corn, and wild fruits.

"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, Many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."

~Lenore    Posted 11-25-2004 at 07:03:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Hawk, I am printing this out to read at my son's family gathering.
I think we often forget the basis of our present thanks giving was to honor that first one between the Pilgrims and their neighbors the Indians.

Well I am off to serve breakfast in bed to my neighbor lady. Of course, everything is served to her in bed. :-)

ron,ar    Posted 11-25-2004 at 06:27:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, I once knew the gist of that but had forgotten all but the idea of Thanksgiving I guess. I had the family read it too. Thanks again.Have a good Thanksgiving.

Les    Posted 11-25-2004 at 05:25:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Come, ye thankful people, come.
Raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in
'Ere the winter storms begin.

God, our savior, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God's own temple, come.
Raise the song of harvest home.

Fawteen    Posted 11-25-2004 at 05:28:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
It took me about 3 milliseconds to remember the tune that goes with those words, and another microsecond or two for my glasses to fog up.

I was 8 or 9 years old again for a minute there...

Les    Posted 11-25-2004 at 05:41:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ah, yer just an old softy!
If I was really on top of my game, I could come up with at least one more verse. Hmm.

Even so, Lord, quickly come.
Raise the song of harvest home.
Wheat and tares together sown.
All thy wants and wishes known.

First the blade and then the ear.
Then the full corn shall appear.
Come ye thankful people come.
Raise the song of harvest home.

(or something like that...probly mixed up a couple of the verses)

Salmoneye    Posted 11-25-2004 at 04:03:55       [Reply]  [No Email]

Thanks and have a GREAT DAY...

mojo    Posted 11-25-2004 at 03:59:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
52 + 90 = 142 people. 5 deer ain't much for 3 days of partying, must have been a BUNCH of turkey and fish there!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone


Alias    Posted 11-25-2004 at 03:57:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Hawk.......Very good reading on this special day. Help us to remember....gfp

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