The Story of Thanksgiving
- The Pilgrims leave England because of religious persecution and move to the Netherlands.
- The Pilgrims leave England and sail to America on the Mayflower.
- The Pilgrims land in Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 21, 1620.
- The Pilgrims sign the Mayflower Compact.
- About half the Pilgrims die the first winter.
- In the spring an American Indian named Squanto helps the Pilgrims plant crops.
- The pilgrims had a good harvest of corn and barley.
- In 1621 the Pilgrims held a celebration to give thanks to God for their good harvest.
- William Bradford invited the nearby Indians to join them.
- The celebration lasted three days.
- In 1863 Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a national holiday of thanksgiving.
- Later Congress changed it to the fourth Thursday in November.
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