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Invitation to stay

The Pilgrims had a vast amount of great food for the different Pilgrim families that came together. A great celebratory feast was about to begin and this feast lasted for 3 days. This dinner became known as “The Harvest Celebration,” and later, became known as Thanksgiving Day. When the chief of the Pilgrims asked a few men to hunt for fowl, they had rifles that when fired, made such a huge calamity, it alerted the Tribes and trouble was near. When the Ousamequin (Massasoit), and the Pokanoket Wampanoag leaders showed up with their warriors to offer aid or help, they were surprised to see no one was hurt, nothing was wrong, and most, sitting at a table. Of course, there was probably shock and silence, but after some time, the pilgrims then invited the Indians to sit alongside and join their feast. The only problem was there simply wasn’t enough food to go around, so the Massasoit sent out some of his men to hunt for deer. Some of the Tribesmen returned with several game that was given as an offering to the pilgrims.

Working together and a peace treaty

After some time, the Tribes and Pilgrims worked together to grow crops, to learn new ways to do or grow something, and there was a great blend of teamwork and for the most part, friendships. With a newfound environment and new friends, Pilgrims learned how to survive on the new land with help from the Tribes. Eventually led to both sides creating a peace treaty pact and all was good, until it wasn’t. An article in, stated that about a generation later, the Massasoit’s son was beheaded and dismembered, with his head placed on a spike in the village that lasted for over 25 years in Plymouth.

Research and records show that in much earlier times there were over 90,000 Indians, Tribes in the areas, unfortunately, more than half of that population had been wiped out by the plague brought by earlier visitors.

The feast of sorts

The feast consisted of lobster, shellfish, crab, mussels, walnuts, corn, fowl, and deer. It’s believed they drank mostly water and maybe a little beer. There were pies and lots of them, but not what one would think when it comes to pies. These pies were made of nothing but fish or meat, since there was no butter or wheat, the crust couldn’t be made. No potatoes either because they hadn’t been introduced yet. Cranberry, which many families have on Thanksgiving Day wasn’t available, not for another 50 years.

There is much debate about this and there are many sources out there with specific accounts of what happened and who did what to whom and the food they ate. There are always two sides to every story and writing a good story or an article must be supportive, we can’t rely on confirmation of bias only. As long as we have the facts from both sides and not just one side but what each experienced in their own eyes is good journalism. Never take sides in journalism rather only inform and educate about what’s happening with people, the world, and history. We will be reaching out to Dr. Daniel N. Paul, who can shed some light on this.

Keywords: The Great Feast, Story of Thanksgiving, Year 1621, RWTC Media Group, Lifestyle Magazine, rwtcmediagroup,

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