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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The First Thanksgiving

Not ready for a full-blown Kayla post yet, but I will give thanks for her being in my life on this anniversary of the First Actual Thanksgiving (which I didn't know about until today):

Each first Sunday in November a Thanksgiving Festival is held at the Berkeley Plantation in accordance with documentation from 1619. The event fulfills instructions given to the 38 settlers who arrived on the banks of the James River at Berkeley Hundred as documented in the proclamation:
    "Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."
The settlers set sail in a ship called The Margaret from the Port of Bristol in England, where at the Berkeley Castle funding for the journey was supplied by landowners including Sir Richard Berkeley and William Throckmorton. Agriculture was going through difficult times and many people in the area wanted to start a new life for themselves in America, and so they joined the leaders Sir John Woodleefe, George Thorpe, and John Smyth, who had planned this remarkable and historic voyage. Although they encountered severe weather that delayed their journey, the landing on December 4, 1619, is well documented by the Virginia Company of London.

Apropos of this new bit of trivia, I am almost done reading The Jamestown Experiment, which I checked out through our online e-book library system.  Fascinating history of a real clusterfuck--amazing how anybody survived Jamestown, Plymouth or any of these early colonial efforts.  Makes me thankful that I don't have to steal land from natives and chop down trees to build my home whilst subsisting on moldy rations...

ntodd

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