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The First Thanksgiving | History | Holidays | Little Fox | Animated Stories for Kids

The First Thanksgiving | History | Holidays | Little Fox | Animated Stories for Kids
the

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Thanksgiving

hi I'm Mary Chilton and I am one of the original pilgrims who survived a year of famine to celebrate the

first

Thanksgiving

in the new world after arriving in the new world the

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thing we needed to do was to write a document that would guide our new society the men gathered together and wrote the Mayflower Compact every man who had traveled aboard the Mayflower signed the agreement on November 21st 1620 soon after the Mayflower Compact was signed the men went
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exploring to find a place where we could build our new homes after several days they returned to the Mayflower with some corn they had found we think we will find a place to settle soon they told us hopefully we were relieved oh thank the Lord we said after six more weeks of exploration our men sent word that they had found a place to settle December 31st 1620 was our

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chance to see the place we would call home we named it Plymouth the weather in January was bad but the men worked hard to
cut logs for the settlement

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they built a common house to store our tools furnishings and supplies then they built houses the work went slowly because many people were ill and more than half died in the great sickness that winter my family was one of the hardest hit I lost both my father and my mother my father was the oldest pilgrim to make the voyage to the New World and he died very quickly my mother was a very strong woman but she also died I know in my heart that she died because she
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wanted me to live she always made sure I ate

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she would give me some of her food because there wasn't really enough food for all of us to eat by the end of the winter more than half of those who had crossed on the Mayflower had died but the older women were the hardest hit only five of the 18 original married women aboard the Mayflower survived although I was now an orphan with no mother or father the other pilgrims took me in and treated me with kindness with so many women dead I found
myself busier than ever I had to help do the cooking and the laundry for the men and boys who had lost their wives and mothers in March of 1621 a Native American came to our village his name was Samoset he walked into the village shouting welcome welcome Englishmen even though it was a very cold and windy day samosa was naked except for a cloth around his waist and moccasins on his feet the men talked to Samuel said for a long time Samuel said left the next day after promising to return soon
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after several days Samuel said did return with another Native American who amazed us all with his flawless English his name was Squanto and he said he was the last surviving member of the pad to set tribe Squanto stayed with us that whole spring and summer he taught her men how to hunt and how to fish he taught the women how to plant and cultivate corn squash and beans Squanto helped us to make friends with the neighboring tribes with this help we signed a peace treaty with King Massasoit we
learned that our seats from England did not grow very well in the new world but Squanto showed us that if we planted our seeds with herring then they would grow Squanto and other Native Americans also helped us with their crops with their help our corn squash and beans did very well that year to celebrate our bountiful harvest we invited the Great King Massasoit and his advisors to our village the feasts lasted for three days we ate duck turkey deer clams lobster and many kinds of fish there
were lots of berries nuts and several kinds of fruit but the best dish of all was an Indian pudding made from pumpkin and sweetened with the syrup from a maple tree we thank God for the success of our harvest and for the kindness of the Native Americans who taught us the skills we need it to survive I jail bi NGO and bingo was his name-o