Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Real First Thanksgiving

Contrary to popular American myth, the first real Thanksgiving celebrated on what was to become American soil was held on September 8, 1565.  Pedro Menendez de Aviles and his Spanish landing party which included Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in site of the native Americans of the Seloy tribe who occupied the area.  It was the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin.   

Afterwards, the Spanish and Native Americans shared a meal. Exactly what they ate was unclear, but the Spanish probably made a pork and garbonzo bean stew with garlic, since that is what they brought with them on their 5 ships.  If the Seloy contributed to the meal, it could have included turkey, fish, venison, corn and tortoise.

So, the first Thanksgiving began with a Catholic Mass.  How cool is that?

Let' always be thankful. 

Hat tip to the Curt Jester and Craig Wilson of USA Today


Charla, A Chat With José Martí said...

I am glad that you wrote this up and helped create awareness...I am an actor telling the story of the First Thanksgiving in the US!

Visit my blog if you'd like regarding this very special event!

Happy TG!

Dymphna said...

Good luck and God's blessing to you, Chaz!! Keep up the good work!

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