Tom the Turkey has been working with DES to post 75 F.A.Q. questions relating to Thanksgiving and turkeys.

 

First Thanksgiving

General information about Thankgsgiving and some well known (or not so well known) facts.

  1. What was the name of the captain of the Mayflower?
  2. Is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?
  3. By 1690, what became the priority at Thanksgiving?
  4. What food do we eat today that they did not eat in 1621?
  5. Why is Thanksgiving always observed on a Thursday?
  6. The Native American Indians who were invited to the Thanksgiving feast were from the Wampanoag tribe. Who was their chief?
  7. What does the term "Cornucopia" mean?
  8. What was the original name for the pilgrims?
  9. Did the pilgrims take beer with them on their voyage?
  10. Is it true that the real Plymouth rock is cracked?
  11. How many pilgrim women survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621?
  12. Did the pilgrims have utensils to eat with during the first Thanksgiving dinner?
  13. How many pilgrims were on the Mayflower?
  14. Is it true that the pilgrims dressed really colorfully?
  15. Of the original 102 pilgrims that came, approximately how many survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving?
  16. Was the Mayflower docked at Plymouth Rock?
  17. What food that we normally do not eat today at Thanksgiving, was an original food that the pilgrims at back in the 1600's?
  18. The Mayflower was not built to be a transportation ship for people. What was the original purpose of the Mayflower?
  19. Is it true that there were more Native American Indians at the first Thanksgiving than pilgrims?
  20. Not everyone on the Mayflower was traveling to the New World to settle. What was the purpose of the others?
  21. What were some of the approved table manners at the first Thanksgiving dinner?
  22. Back in the early Thanksgiving celebrations, they also like sporting events and took bets. It wasn't football back then, what sport was it?
  23. What is the definition of a pilgrim?
  24. When was the first Thanksgiving?
  25. Is the United States the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving?
  26. Which President was the first to establish Thanksgiving as a legal national holiday to be held the 4th Thursday in November?
  27. What was the name of the ship the pilgrims came over on?
  28. What is the name of the famous rock credited to where the pilgrims first landed?

 

  1. What was the name of the captain of the Mayflower?

    Christopher Jones

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  2. Is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?

    No, it is more associated with a harvest celebration.

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  3. By 1690, what became the priority at Thanksgiving?

    Food, and the ministers were getting upset because Thanksgiving was losing it's religious origin of giving thanks.

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  4. What food do we eat today that they did not eat in 1621?

    Pumpkin Pie. Ovens were not invented yet.

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  5. Why is Thanksgiving always observed on a Thursday?

    Because, the pilgrims went to church twice a week. Sundays and mid-prayer on Thursdays. They wanted to use the mid-prayer day as a day of thanksgiving.

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  6. The Native American Indians who were invited to the Thanksgiving feast were from the Wampanoag tribe. Who was their chief?

    Massasoit.

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  7. What does the term "Cornucopia" mean?

    Horn of Plenty.

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  8. What was the original name for the pilgrims?

    The were called the Puritans, because they wanted to purify the Christian religion from Catholic influences.

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  9. Did the pilgrims take beer with them on their voyage?

    Yes. In fact the barrels were made by the cooper named John Alden.

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  10. Is it true that the real Plymouth rock is cracked?

    Yes. It was cracked during the revolutionary war when they pried it from its original location to put it on a pedestal.

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  11. How many pilgrim women survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621?

    There were only 5 women who survived, and it is believed that all 5 women did the cooking for the feast.

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  12. Did the pilgrims have utensils to eat with during the first Thanksgiving dinner?

    The did not have forks, they were not invented yet.

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  13. How many pilgrims were on the Mayflower?

    It is believed to be 102.

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  14. Is it true that the pilgrims dressed really colorfully?

    Yes. The Puritans were the ones that dressed in black and wore buckles. The settled later in Boston. They were not the original pilgrims.

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  15. Of the original 102 pilgrims that came, approximately how many survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving?

    Approximately 50%.

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  16. Was the Mayflower docked at Plymouth Rock?

    No. The water was too shallow, but Plymouth Rock is were the first settlers stepped on land.

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  17. What food that we normally do not eat today at Thanksgiving, was an original food that the pilgrims at back in the 1600's?

    Codfish.

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  18. The Mayflower was not built to be a transportation ship for people. What was the original purpose of the Mayflower?

    It was built to be a merchant ship to carry wine.

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  19. Is it true that there were more Native American Indians at the first Thanksgiving than pilgrims?

    This is true. Remember that almost 50% of the pilgrims did not survive.

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  20. Not everyone on the Mayflower was traveling to the New World to settle. What was the purpose of the others?

    To get furs and lumber to send back to England.

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  21. What were some of the approved table manners at the first Thanksgiving dinner?

    To eat with your hands, to spit on the floor, and to throw you bones into the hearth when done.

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  22. Back in the early Thanksgiving celebrations, they also like sporting events and took bets. It wasn't football back then, what sport was it?

    They had shooting competitions.

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  23. What is the definition of a pilgrim?

    They are considered to be travelers, wayfarers, and religious journeyman.

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  24. When was the first Thanksgiving?

    It was in 1621 and it lasted for 3 days.

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  25. Is the United States the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving?

    No. Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving the second Monday in October.

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  26. Which President was the first to establish Thanksgiving as a legal national holiday to be held the 4th Thursday in November?

    Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill in Congress making it always the fourth Thursday in November; however, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November.

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  27. What was the name of the ship the pilgrims came over on?

    The Mayflower.

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  28. What is the name of the famous rock credited to where the pilgrims first landed?

    Plymouth Rock.

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