Thanksgiving History

In 1620 the Pilgrims obtained a permit to settle north Virginia. Some separtists who had fled to Holland sailed on the Speedwell back to England to join a larger group of separtists. Unfortunatly the Speedwall was not in good condition after its voyage from Holland, so on September 6, 1620 its passengers squeezed onto the Mayflower and set out for the Americas.
On December 21, 1620 the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. On the way, there had been bad storms and so, instead of northern Virginia, where they had permission to settle, they founded Plymouth, Massachusetts.
After a very hard winter during which many people died, the Indians befriended the Pilgrims by showing them how to fish and plant food. They had a great year, and to thank God they had a great feast, Inviting the indians. That was the traditional first Thanksgiving in the new world. (The actual first was held on December 4, 1619. [The pilgrims had theirs in 1621.])
On October 3, 1863 Prisident Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving for the last thursday in November. (Due to some lobbying by Sarah Josepha Hale.)(President Roosevelt moved it.) Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Did a really cool chapter in history today on the great inventors. Newton is interesting. I thought that it was great that they listed the equation for finding the force of gravity for planets according to the distance. Partially because I understood the basic math they were using.

    Then we went to Callie’s parents house and prayed for her; she is doing really great, but she still has a bit to go. Repeat prayer request for her. I also saw her two incredibly cute siblings.

    I did other stuff that day. But it was mostly very unfocused, yeah, I need to work on that.

    July 2 1776

    With independence day drawing near, I think that it would be good to clarify when it happened. It did not, in fact, happen on the fourth, it happened on the second. This conclusion is backed up by information from the Congressional Libraries’ journals of the continental congress’s meeting that day.

    Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between them, and the state of Great Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

    Happy 4th!