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This 1925 painting depicts an idealized version of an early Thanksgiving celebration in Plymouth. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

We find out more and more about our history all the time. Some of it not so pleasant, but true none the less. This article is a good example as it dives right into the actual recorded information and verifiable historical events of Thanksgiving to tell a more accurate story than we were taught in grade school.

Facts, no matter how bitter, matter.

Really good read. Check it out.

“It wasn’t even called Thanksgiving back then,” says Darius Coombs, cultural and outreach coordinator for the Cape Cod–based Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. “The Pilgrims had a large harvest that first year. So they have a feast. [Wampanoag leader Massasoit, or Ousamequin] shows up with about 90 of his men, and they bring five deer with them. They never ever mention turkey at that feast.”

Scholars are unraveling the myths surrounding the 1621 feast, which found the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag cementing a newly established alliance.

Read the full article at the source: How to Tell the Thanksgiving Story on Its 400th Anniversary | History | Smithsonian Magazine

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