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By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia, 11/22/16

Some historians believe that the first Thanksgiving in America was a Catholic Mass that happened 50 years before Plymouth!

Did you know that the first “thanksgiving” meal in the United States may not have been celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, but by Spanish settlers, in what became Florida? And that first “Thanksgiving” was Eucharistic!

The First Thanksgiving

Historian Dr. Michael Gannon narrates the events that took place on September 8, 1565.

When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish fleet… After the Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplain of the Spanish ships and the first pastor of St. Augustine, stipulated that the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed along with the Spanish settlers, including Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the leader of the expedition. It was the very first Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States.” …

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