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Posted by Hawk on November 25, 2004 at 03:50:09 from (22.214.171.124):
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."
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