What science and history teach us about the first Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends.

However, most of what we believe about Thanksgiving is almost entirely not true. Let’s take a look at the real historic and scientific happenings that eventually turned into our Thanksgiving. 

The Mayflower pilgrims

Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower and landed in what is now Cape Cod in the northeastern United States in late 1620. The pilgrims were encouraged by the available land that had fresh water and lots of cleared land for houses and farming. 

Things were not all great, though. The final landing spot ended up being well north of where they anticipated. It was far colder than they hoped, and the seeds they brought from England did not perform well in these conditions. 

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