Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Don't care for Turkey? How about giant clams and garbanzo beans?

Can you imagine a re-enactment of this tableau at your local public grammar school?

That's what they ate, along with pork, oysters and lots of wine, at the very first American Thanksgiving, which took place at St. Augustine, Florida, in  September, 1565.  800 Spaniards, led by Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, sat down with Timucuan Indians to eat a meal of thanksgiving, after first celebrating Mass together.  Relations between colonists and Indians at the time were very friendly; relations with nearby Huguenots, not so much.  Eponymous Flower has more here.

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