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The first Thanksgiving was held in early autumn of 1621 at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. The 53 colonists who had survived harsh conditions celebrated with what they called a harvest festival. Over 90 Indians wer... More »

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In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be a holiday. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set the date by signing a bill in 1941. It declared Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of ... More »

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Reading about Thanksgiving with children can be a valuable instructional tool to help them understand the history and significance of the holiday. Here are some books about Thanksgiving to read with children of all ages. More »

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The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. The meal was a celebration of the Pilgrim's first harvest, and it was shared with the Wampanoag native Americans. More »

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The event that's most popularly thought of as the first American Thanksgiving took place in the area now known as Massachusetts, and the attendees dined on locally available foods such as corn, venison and seafood. If tu... More »

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One fun fact about Thanksgiving is that the first Thanksgiving was a three-day celebration. Edward Winslow, one of the people who attended the first Thanksgiving, documented that foods such as corn, barley, turkey and ve... More »

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The first man to sail around the world was Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan was born in Portugal and worked for King Charles I of Spain in an attempt to find a shorter route to the Spice Islands. Spices were in great demand ... More »

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