And I say, the first Thanksgiving was held in Berkeley Plantation in VIRGINIA -- a year before the Mayflower turned up -- so take that Plymouth, Mass. (Although we must celebrate our Manx connection. Myles Standish, of Ramsey, Isle of Man, was taken on the Mayflower by the colonists as a security measure. He was a soldier of great repute. In 1621 he was appointed the first commander of Plymouth Colony.)
The first Thanksgiving occurred when Captain John Woodlief led the newly-arrived English colonists to a grassy slope along the James River and instructed them to drop to their knees and pray in thanks for a safe arrival to the New World. It was December 4, 1619, and 38 men from Berkeley Parish in England vowed:
The Berkeley site is interesting.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone.