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A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends - wherever you are around the world. Have a great weekend and don't eat too much.



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A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends - wherever you are around the world. Have a great weekend and don't eat too much.

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Thank you.

Cooking starts at least 24 hours before the day so that everybody, including the cook, can sit down and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The house won't be full this year, so I'm not allowed to serve more than three vegetables, two pies, limited hors d'oeuvres, and only a turkey, no ham. Next year more of the family makes it or I'm going to stand out on the street to bring in enough people to serve a proper feast. I LOVE T-G!
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Let's not forget to give a special thanks to Squanto Seriously

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Squanto is an amazing story worth at least an mini series....

Squanto/Tisquantum, along with several other indians, were kidnapped and taken by Georgie Weymouth in 1608, according to the memoirs of Ferdinando Gorges. According to Gorges, Tisquantum worked in England for several years before returning to the New World on John Smith's 1613 voyage. During his time in England he learned to speak the language and, with his knowledge of the land and tribes of New England, had become valuable as a guide and interpreter for explorers.

Soon after returning to his tribe in 1614, Tisquantum was kidnapped by another Englishman, Thomas Hunt. Hunt was one of John Smith's lieutenants. Hunt was planning to sell fish, corn, and captured slaves in Málaga, Spain. Hunt attempted to sell Tisquantum and a number of other Native Americans into slavery for £20 apiece.

Sir Ferdinando Gorges, in A Brief Relation of the Discovery and Plantation of New England (London, 1622) wrote that some local friars, however, discovered what Hunt was attempting and took the remaining Indians, Tisquantum included, in order to instruct them in the Christian faith. Eventually, Tisquantum escaped to London, living with a John Slany for a few years, and then went to Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland. Attempting to avoid the walk from Newfoundland to his home village, Tisquantum tried to take part in an expedition to that part of the North American east coast. He returned to Ireland in 1618, however, when that plan fell through.

He returned once more to his homeland in 1619, making his way with an exploratory expedition along the New England coast. He was soon to discover that his tribe, as well as a majority of coastal New England tribes, had been decimated the year before by a plague. This had been thought to be flu or smallpox, but more recently historians believe French fishermen carried Bubonic Plague to what is now Maine. Much of the aboriginal population of the northeast is now thought to have fallen to the plague around 1617.

Tisquantum finally settled with the Pilgrims and helped them recover from their first difficult winter by teaching them how and when to plant corn, to increase their food production by fertilizing their crops, and by directing them to the best places to catch fish and eels.

Whatever Tisquantum's motives, he ended up distrusted by both the English and the Native people. Massasoit, the sachem who originally appointed Tisquantum as a diplomat to the Pilgrims, did not trust him before the tribe's dealing with the pilgrims (as is evidenced by the assignment of Hobomok, whose name may also have been a pseudonym as it referred to "mischievous," to watch over Tisquantum and act as a second representative), and certainly not after.

On his way back from a meeting to repair the damaged relations between the Natives and the Pilgrims, Tisquantum became sick with a fever; however, is speculated that he had been poisoned because of his disloyalty to the sachem. He died a few days later in 1622 in Chatham, Massachusetts, and is now buried in an unmarked grave on Burial Hill in Chathamport, overlooking Ryder's Cove. But his legacy remained relatively untarnished as peace between the two groups lasted for another fifty years.

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