The Celebration of Thanks
As the Pilgrims struggled with an unfamiliar land, the Wampanoag tribe came to them to help. Squanto visited the settlers, taught them how to grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. Eventually a formal agreement was made between the English and the Wampanoag and they joined together to protect each other in March of 1621. As the settlers were hunting for the harvest celebration that same year, the Wampanoag leader Massasoit followed them, thinking the rumors of war were true. When they learned their English companions were celebrating the natives were invited to eat and revel as well. Games were played, songs were sung, dancing and rejoicing for the excellent harvest lasted for three days! It wasn’t until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings. One was in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and another in November to give thanks for “general blessings.” Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful customers, to you from us at Texan Insurance!