posted on Nov, 25 2010 @ 04:28 PM
It's been a while since I thought about some of this history.
One of the interesting things about the "success" of the Pilgrims, had to do with their "dumb luck" (or Providence), landing at Plymouth Rock,
which was, unbeknownst to them, one of the safest places they could have landed.
As you point out, plague had been an issue in the greater area for a decade. Squanto was "lucky" to have been captured, because had he remained, he
would likely have died along with hundreds of other Native Americans. Prior to this plague, the particular area around Plymouth Rock would have been
extremely dangerous, due to the fact that the most warrior-like tribe resided there. They had made war on the other tribes, but they ALL died due to
While this was a relief to the other tribes, that area became feared almost as a mysterious death zone, and so no Indians entered that territory, at
the time of the landing of the Plymouth.
The Pilgrims had no idea that they had been "preserved" from almost certain destruction because of the recent plague history. If I recall
correctly, it wasn't until that following summer that Squanto strolled into the Pilgrim camp by himself, wearing only his loincloth, and walked into
a meeting where the men were assembled. No doubt there would have been a moment of fear as this Indian entered, but to their astonishment, he began
speaking to them in more or less perfect English.
It was from Squanto that the Pilgrims first learned of their incredibly "providential" good fortune, having arrived at the perfect time, and place,
that allowed them to avoid a calamity that they weren't even aware of. Supposedly, the Pilgrims were humbled by this knowledge, declaring that they
had been preserved by God, and therefore needed to give thanks to the Almighty.
It's been a long time, but if memory serves, the true first "Thanksgiving" that the Pilgrims had was near the end of the summer of 1622, and there
were Indians present. It was certainly not November.
Well, that's all out of a foggy old memory. Hope others can clarify further!
Happy Thanksgiving to all...