Thanksgiving Traditions and Myths

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WASHINGTON (KMOX) – There are many traditions surrounding Thanksgiving, like the Presidential pardon of a turkey.

And there are many Thanksgiving myths says Ken Davis, Editor and Author of the “Don’t Know Much About” series.

Davis says the first Pilgrims were French and landed in Florida fifty years before the Mayflower set sail.  He says those pilgrims were killed in a bloody massacre by the Spanish.

Of the Pilgrims that landed on the shores of Massachusetts, and it’s even doubtful they landed at Plymouth Harbor, many were farmers coming to the colonies to buy land.

He says their first Thanksgiving feast consisted mainly of seafood.  They ate haddock , cod, muscles, clams, even eel.  After all, he says, they lived near the sea.  Davis says they probably had turkey, but it would not have been the center piece on the table.

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