If you’re anything like us, you may have been skimming the internet for the best turkey recipes, Thanksgiving table decor inspiration or tips to land the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Now you can check out some Thanksgiving history facts that anyone could use to wow their guests or fill any awkward silence around the table!
But on this occasion, it’s also good practice to look back on the events that shaped Thanksgiving as we know it today. Who knows, you may even find out that not all presidents endorsed Thanksgiving or that a Turkey Talk-Line is available for everyone in this busy holiday season!
We rounded up 15 Thanksgiving history facts that made our jaws drop:
15.) Thanksgiving May Not Have Started in Massachusetts
The popular belief is that the first Thanksgiving celebration happened in the autumn of 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts when the colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast.
Some historians don’t agree with this version of history though. They argue that the first Thanksgiving in America actually happened in Florida, almost 60 years before Plymouth!
According to them, the encounter happened between 800 Spanish settlers and the native Timucuan people, after the Spanish arrived at the new settlement of St. Augustine, Florida. A mass to thank God for their safe arrival was held, followed by a feast to celebrate, to which the local Timucua tribe was invited.