The history of Thanksgiving

Tradition says the Pilgrims celebrated the first in . The pilgrims were religious dissidents who fled oppression in . First, they went to the , then left to establish a colony in . They arrived at what later became known as Plymouth, Massachussets. Their across the Atlantic Ocean and their first months were difficult. About one hundred pilgrims arrived just as autumn was turning to winter, about half of them died during the cold months that followed.
As the story goes, when came the pilgrims planted crops with the help of an American named Squanto. By the end of , there was a good harvest of and barley. There was enough food to last through the .
The pilgrims held a of thanks for their harvest. A nearby Indian tribe, the Wampanoag took part and the lasted three days.