By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
November 20, 2013
What we celebrate as Thanksgiving is traditionally tied to a three-day feast involving the Pilgrims after their first American harvest in 1621. The previous winter had claimed many lives from the Plymouth Colony, so the settlers held a fall celebration to give thanks for a “bountiful harvest” that would help them get through the coming dead season.
The colonists ate with the Wampanoag Indians, and the menu included wild fowl, venison, seafood, squash and corn.