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The True Story of the “First” Thanksgiving

A brief early history of the autumn holiday

Thanksgiving at Plymouth (Public domain)

Every year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Much is made about pilgrims, Native Americans, family, and food. Many people cite the “first Thanksgiving” as inspiration for the holiday. The problem is, the so-called First Thanksgiving is a sham. The idea that American pilgrims were the…




Exploring History is a publication about history. Instead of focusing on any particular time period of history, we explore anything about the past that helps our readers understand the world they live in today. We pay special attention to historiographical rigor and balance.

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