Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Our nation has a long, rich tradition of thanking God for his blessings. We know very little about the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims celebrated in Plymouth. We do know it took place in 1621 sometime after the autumn harvest. More about this particular day later in this article but let’s look at earlier times in our history where Thanksgiving was practiced.

In 1541 explorer Coronado and his men conducted a Thanksgiving for the abundant food and water found along the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. In 1564 the French Huguenot Colonists settled in the Jacksonville Florida area and “sang a psalm of Thanksgiving unto God”. Huguenots were the southern French who broke away from the Catholic Church in the Protestant movement. They came under criticism and many left France. In 1607 the Jamestown Colonist arrived in Virginia. They immediately erected a wooden cross and gave thanks for a safe passage and food. In 1619, English Colonists at Berkley Hundred in Virginia celebrated a special day of thanks to God. In the autumn of 1621 the Plymouth Colonists held a feast to celebrate the harvest and thank the Lord for his goodness. This is the feast we know and consider as our first Thanksgiving. In 1789 President George Washington proclaimed November 26 to be a day of Thanksgiving for God’s blessing for the new United States Constitution. In 1941 Congress passed a law officially declaring the fourth Thursday in November as America’s Thanksgiving Day.

 

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