“The first feast, so to speak, may also have been the nation’s first Last Meal.” -- Abel Wharfinger
The modern Thanksgiving tradition in the United States is generally acknowledged to date back to 1621, when British colonists shared a bountiful feast with Native Americans in what is now the northeastern state of Massachusetts. Wharfinger explained that without the Wampanoag Native Americans providing seeds and teaching the Pilgrims to fish, the Plymouth colony would not have had enough food to feed half of its 102 residents.
“So, they decided to invite the Wampanoag over to partake in the bumper harvest,” Wharfinger continued. “Based on the events that followed shortly thereafter, we now believe that the 1621 Thanksgiving feast provides evidence of the nation’s first instance of a Last Meal before an execution. Truly fascinating.”
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