Eyewitness Stories To The First Thanksgiving From The OG Pilgrims

Eyewitness Stories To The First Thanksgiving From The OG Pilgrims


These accounts of the first Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation in 1621 are, according to Pilgrim Hall Museum, the only two available primary sources about the event.

Thanks to the “Brief History of Power” podcast for the source material. Listen to last year’s reading of original historical sources on Thanksgiving on that podcast here.

Here’s Edward Winslow’s account of the first Thanksgiving in “Mourt’s Relation,” using modern spelling.

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“…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 fruits 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,

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