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Timeline of Thanksgiving in America


Last updated 11/15/2007 at Noon

• 1541 – Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, a Roman Catholic, led a Thanksgiving Communion celebration at the Palo Duro Canyon, TX.

• 1565 – Pedro Menendez de Aviles and 800 settlers, also Roman Catholic, gathered for a Thanksgiving meal with the Timucuan Indians in the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, FL.


• 1621 – Pilgrims (Puritans) and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, MA. This harvest feast was never repeated. Oddly enough, most devoutly religious pilgrims observed a day of thanksgiving with prayer and fasting, not feasting.


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