En Route to the First Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2012


You may not be looking forward to traveling this Thanksgiving.  But if you take a look at the Pilgrims’ cruel voyage from England to the New World, you’ll suddenly feel much better about your own journey.  MarketMAPS maps out the route to the first Thanksgiving. 


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1620 England

A group of English and Dutch Pilgrims, also referred to as Separatists, departed from Plymouth, England in September, 1620.  The Captain, Christopher Jones, was an experienced skipper, but the almost 2-month long journey was not easy for anyone.


Weather conditions and the pool health of the passengers made Captain Jones consider turning back to England, but, deciding to push on, they reached the shores of Cape Cod in late November.


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Far off course from their intended destination—the Virginia Colony, where they had acquired permission to settle—the Pilgrims were at a loss for what to do next.  They encountered an abandoned Native American settlement and took what they needed to survive through the harsh winter.  Only about half of the ships’ crew and passengers lived to see their first New England Spring.


1621 Massachusetts

Native Americans taught the surviving Pilgrims to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, and catch fish.  Among these locals was the famous Squanto, A Native American who also helped the European settlers form an alliance with the Wampanoag tribe.


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In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited the colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. This gathering is now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time.  In contrast to modern day celebrations, this feast lasted an entire three days.


When you’re on the road this Thanksgiving, be thankful you aren’t stuck on the high seas in a leaky boat for almost 2 months.  Do you still need help mapping out your Thanksgiving road trip?  It’s not too late.  MarketMAPS provides the most accurate highway, street, and road maps of anywhere in the US…delivered as fast as same day!


Contact MarketMAPS today.  We can help you plan any holiday road trip with our accurate, up-to-date maps. 


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