What is appreciated on Thanksgiving? And why is it taking place in the United States? The celebration that became popular all over the world, especially through American series or movies, commemorates the harvest festival celebrated in 1621 by settlers who came to the United States from Plymouth Colony (New England).
Thus, according to tradition, that day thanks is given for the food that the native Wampanoag community then shared with the travelers.
For more than two centuries, colonies and states celebrated their own Thanksgivings, although it was not until 1863in the midst of the United States Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that it would be celebrated annually, in national territory, on the fourth Thursday of November.
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England with 102 passengers, religious separatists who were looking for a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals attracted by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the so-called New World.
As explained HistoryAfter a voyage of 66 days, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims began the work of establish a village in Plymouth, although it would soon be hit with a brutal winter. And, after surviving it, they would celebrate their first harvest in 1621.
Although there is no record from the exact menu of the first Thanksgivingmuch of what is known today about what happened comes from the pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow and it is estimated that many of the dishes were prepared with traditional Native American spices and cooking methods and it did not have the desserts that have now become a hallmark.
In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday.