Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians Plymouth, Massachusetts
After losing half their population to starvation and disease during the winter icy season, the Pilgrims planted extra crops. But a terrible drought prevented the growth of food. The Pilgrim’s began a community prayer and fast. Nine hours later, clouds appeared, and for the next fourteen days, there was a soft, soaking rain. The result was a bumper crop. Thanksgiving that year was a feast. There was an abundance of food. But, before they feasted, they all received a plate with just five kernels of corn on it. William Bradford wrote, “We have noted these things so that you might see their worth and not negligently lose what your fathers have obtained with so much hardship.”
First Thanksgiving Proclamation
Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to Continue Reading