Discover the true story of Thanksgiving and why it changes differently this year

When most Americans think of their first Thanksgiving, many are likely to think that Mayflower pilgrims will gather with Native Americans for a celebration of turkey, bread, and colorful fall vegetables.

But as the country prepares for an unknown holiday season amid a global epidemic, the true history of this uniquely American tradition sounds different this year.

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Fox Nation’s new Thanksgiving specialty, “Very Nation’s Thanksgiving,” explores the little-known difficulties and obstacles that pilgrims face as they make their way into the New World and focuses on the spirit of gratitude, strength, and perseverance that has devastated them. despite losses.

In September 1620, the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England with 102 passengers on board. Some fled religious persecution, others sought prosperity. They were all looking for opportunities to build new lives. Two months later, the ship first landed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, before establishing the Plymouth Colony.

Within a year, nearly half of the newcomers had died.

Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that brought pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, can be seen in 2014 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that brought pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, can be seen in 2014 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
(AP photo / Stephan Savoia, file)

“It was a terribly dark and cold winter, it was very icy outside, and many of the people on board were sick,” Lea Filson, a descendant of Mayflower, told Fox News. – By the end of the winter, there were only 51 left.

Most believe that the first day of Thanksgiving was celebrated in October 1621 after the first successful corn harvest of the pilgrims in the New World — this was made possible by the Wampanoags, who taught the settlers to grow corn and learn other survival skills.

“The Wampanoags really helped, and it was the first time actual families had landed in the New World with young children, and the Wampanoags were very helpful,” Filson explained. “They helped teach the pilgrims how to plant and produce a good crop, and eventually both sides agreed on a peace alliance that had been maintained for a good half century.”

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The Fox Nation specialty, hosted by “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, honors the 400th anniversary of Mayflower’s landing at Plymouth Rock. The program showcases the insights of Richard Pickering and others at Filson, a leading historian of the Plimoth Patuxet Museums, as they guide viewers through the history of the First Thanksgiving, the celebration of the celebration by the President of the United States, and the development of American traditions.

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