4 Myths of thanksgiving: Don’t believe all your teacher told you about pilgrims

    4 Myths of thanksgiving: Don’t believe all your teacher told you about pilgrims

    Do not believe all you learned about the Pilgrims and the indigenous people you met in school.

    The pilgrims’ history — and by extension the Thanksgiving story — range in myth and inaccuracy, from their landings on Plymouth Rock to the harmonious festival with the native Wampanoags.

    4 Myths of thanksgiving: Don't believe all your teacher told you about pilgrims

    Here are four misconceptions corrected on the basis of written history:

    Myth: The pilgrims were the first Europeans to settle and communicate with the indigenous people of southern New England.

    The commonly reported version of the Mayflower landing of 1620 is that the first Europeans who crossed Massachusetts were the pilgrims. However according to historical accounts, since at least the late 1400s, European citizens had visited New England.

    On the coast of Maine and New England, Basques, English, and French had prosperous fisheries. The first European documented to make contact with both the Narragansetts and the Wampanoags was the Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazano, who traded along Narragansett Bay with the indigenous people he encountered there in 1524 while sailing for the French.

    Several Americans in the area initially spoke English when the pilgrims arrived in 1620, either by way of trade meetings or by being previously taken into slavery by the English, but fled or returned to the region.

    Samoset, Tisquantum or ‘Squanto’ and Epenow, spoke all English and played an important role in the emerging friendship between the pilgrims and the Wampanoags, as detailed in the book “This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving.” written by the historian and writer David Silverman.

    Myth: The pilgrims came for religious freedom into the New World.

    The Pilgrims’ party, the Puritan Community that has divided themselves from the Church of England, arrived most frequently in America to discover a place where they could practice their faith without persecution, at least in part. Less than half of the more than 100 people who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower made up Puritans and who settled what later became Plymouth.

    The key reason they came to America was to conserve and raise money from their English culture. Following its separation from the Church of England, the Congregation fled to Holland at the end of the 17th century, allowing further religious freedom.

    But seeking jobs that sustain themselves was challenging,………. And their children were worried that Dutch society and morality were all too powerful.

    The London Company obtained a charter to establish a colony in America — Britain’s second after Jamestown in Virginia — and started getting together a community of people, mostly cooks, explorers, and sailors, with them.

    Also, although the pilgrims were searching for freedom to practice their faith, freedom did not apply to anyone else. One of its key purposes was to convert the indigenous people into Christianity.

    Myth: The pilgrims had expected to remain in Patuxet/Plymouth, but in exchange, they had been blown off the course of settlement in Virginia.

    Although it is normally from the pilgrims who complete their oceanic crossing to Plymouth Rock (another myth!), the region then known as Patuxet and later Christian Plymouth was, in reality, the second landing of the pilgrims. The travelers collapsed on the end of Cape Cod on November 11, 1620, and came on the shore of Province City.

    Around a month later, because of the bullying of Nauset tribesmen, they were pushed out and did not take the new arrivals in Europe gently. The pilgrims returned to the ship to Cape Cod Bay in December, where they stayed in the deserted village of Wampanoag Patuxet. The Mayflower stayed with the pilgrims for the rest of the winter until adequate buildings were established and in 1621 they could seriously settle the town.

    In the alternate, there is the belief that in Virginia, near the first colony of England, Jamestown was initially destined for the Pilgrims. The charter of the London Corporation included the area to the North of Virginia, which is named New England, where the pilgrims found Virginia as a destination. Their destination, as Bradford notes, is expected to be the Hudson River mouth, which has been used by the Netherlands’ merchants for the prosperous trade in fur. The intention of the pilgrim was to claim England for this region and the fur trade.

    When the pilgrims saw Cape Cod, they knew they were blown from their way to the Hudson River south, and instead encountered dangerously rocky shoals that forced them to turn around. As Cape Cod was part of New England legally, they agreed to remain.

    Myth: Pilgrims and Wampanoags assembled for a Thanksgiving Festival in November 1621.

    There is a lot to unpack with and not just because it is the cornerstone of the Thanksgiving Day story of our world.

    The Puritans had “Thanksgiving Days,” which were practically the opposite of a huge, enjoyable family festival. Usually, there were days of fasting and prayer with which a greater meal could be interrupted.

    The first few years of the settlement’s prosperous harvest, possibly held about October 1621, were marked by a celebration by Edward Winslow, “Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims in Plymouth.” It certainly wasn’t always a big deal considering the context, but later it would become one in modern America.

    The Wampanoags have not been invited to this celebration despite the fact that the Wampanoags have allowed the pilgrims to remain on their lands, given them assistance and taught them to cultivate natives successfully. It wasn’t until the Pilgrims began firing their weapons in the air.

    Believing that they were being attacked, Massasoit, head of Wampanoag, emerged with about 90 warriors anticipating battle in the village. They considered a party rather than a celebration and chose to live, taking in their hunters five deer.

    The feast that would serve as the foundation for the conventional Myth of Thanksgiving was in fact a stressful event, full of political repercussions, rather than a peaceful festival of camaraderie and cooperation.

    4 Myths of thanksgiving: Don’t believe all your teacher told you about pilgrims

    Rajat Singh
    Rajat Singh is the Editor-in-chief at Bioinformatics India, he is a Master's in Bioinformatics and validates all the data present on this website. Independent of his academic qualifications he is a marketing geek and loves to explore trends in SEO, Keyword research, Web design & UI/UX improvement.

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