Thanksgiving is the quintessential American Holiday that we all learned about as school children – perhaps even acted in the play! However, it is also a controversial holiday for many reasons, not only the political implications but the historical ones. What exactly happened during the first celebration?
“Wildfowl was there. Corn, in grain form for bread or for porridge, was there. Venison was there. These are absolutes.” - Kathleen Wall
Still, additional ingredients present at the meal are more of an ‘educated guess’ based on the available foodstuffs at the time. Historians have based their assessments on primary sources as well as archaeological remands – specifically using palynology.
To learn more about the meal at the first Thanksgiving, see the Smithsonian Magazine Article: “Ask An Expert: What was on the Menu at the First Thanksgiving?“