The story of Thanksgiving

In New England, they celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. There were the Pilgrims together with 91 Indians.

Journey on the Mayflower – click HERE.

The Pilgrims first set foot at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first winter in Massachusetts was very harsh and 46 out of the original 102 Pilgrims died.  It is believed that the Indians helped the Pilgrims through that difficult period to survive. These Pilgrims were mostly “Separatists,” who left Europe to find a land of liberty.

In the following Spring of 1621, Samoset of the Wampanoag Tribe and Squanto of the Patuxet Tribe, taught the survivors how to plant corn or maize and how to catch alewives, a kind of fish to fertilize growing pumpkins (or squash), beans, peas and other crops.

These Indians also taught the Pilgrims how to hunt and angle.

Things got better in 1621 when the corn and pumpkin harvest was bountiful. Governor William Bradford invited the Indians for a great celebration.

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George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789.

In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom, and by the middle of the 19th century many other states did the same. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November (the day November 21, 1621 was when the Mayflower arrived in Cape Cod.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the date for Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November in 1939.

Seven other nations also celebrate an official Thanksgiving Day, though on a different date:  Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, Liberia and Switzerland.

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, that’s the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  The primary goal of Thanksgiving Day is to express gratitude to God for his many gifts.

Boudicca’s song

Listen and join in.

Gonna cause a stink,
Won’t be the first to blink
I’m not who you think,
Don’t mess with me I’m BOUDICCA!!

My husband Prasutagus died, he was a Celtic king,
I was his Queen, so due to me was half of everything.

Roman law gave half to me, so half was what they got
Till their nasty soldiers came and took the blessed lot.

‘Hey Mister, I say you got the wrong end of the stick!’
His answer turned this sister into one angry chick.

No man, Roman’ll Push around this woe-man
You won’t get far With Boudicca.
Bowmen, yeomen Smash the Roman foe-man!
All say Yah! – Yah! Boudicca!

I built a massive army headed straight for the city
Beat ‘em all with ease, unlike me it wasn’t pretty
Chopped ’em and hacked, but what made their red blood curl;

It’s bad enough being beaten, but beaten by a girl!

Whacked them, smacked them,
Boy how we attacked ‘em
Near and far,
Ha ha ha
Flayed ‘em, slayed ‘em
Up and down parade ‘em
Boudicca,Toughest by far

Colches-ter Lon-don Saint Albans, everybody talk about – Dead Romans.

We marched on up the Roman Road that’s known as
Watling St They trapped us in the forest, then thrashed us to a defeat.

By now you’ve guessed I’m not the kind of gal who’ll sit and cry
Be sold as slave to Romans? You know I’d rather die.

They tried to take me prisoner, so I led the Roman boys on,
Instead of giving in to them I swallowed special pois-on.

Martyr, smarter, Capture a non-starter
This was our, Last hurrah.
Slaughtered, dismembered
Our tribe always remembered.

Boudicca

Superstar!

Boudicca

Superstar!

Roman Britain 1

Julius Caesar wrote in around 55 BCE, “The Britons have a huge number of cattle, they use gold coins or iron bars as their money, and produce tin and iron.” So Caesar and his army invaded Britain because Rome wanted to get its hand on British resources to become richer.

The Romans came from the south and were led by Claudius. They arrived in 43 CE in Kent.

In the next year, they battled inland, got to London and founded Londinium.

What the Romans left in Britain:

  • their brick and stone buildings with central heating,
  • sewage systems,
  • paved, straight roads,
  • public baths,
  • villas,
  • temples,
  • walls around towns,
  • reading and writing (Latin words),
  • Christianity,
  • rabbits,
  • coins.

A Day in the Life of a 10-Year-Old in Roman times

Roman Britain 1

Julius Caesar wrote in around 55 BC, “The Britons have a huge number of cattle, they use gold coins or iron bars as their money, and produce tin and iron.” So Caesar and his army invaded Britain because Rome wanted to get its hand on British resources to become richer.

The Romans came from the south and led by Claudius, they arrived in AD43 in Kent.

In the next year, they battled inland and got to London and founded Londinium.

 

What the Romans left in Britain:

  • their brick and stone buildings with central heating,
  • sewage systems,
  • paved, straight roads,
  • public baths,
  • villas,
  • temples,
  • walls around towns,
  • reading and writing (Latin words),
  • Christianity,
  • rabbits,
  • coins.