9 Lies You Were Told About the First Thanksgiving

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turkey May 1621 have been on the menu at the feast; All we know for sure is that the “bird” was being served with the venison. But the chickens could also be ducks, geese, pigeons, or a variety of other birds.

Pumpkin and cranberries may have been available, but sugar was not a common ingredient for making pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce as we know them today. Meanwhile, there were probably eels, fish and other seafood.

Sarah Josepha Hale, who advocated for New England-style Thanksgiving celebrations nationwide in the 1800s, wrote Traditional Thanksgiving meals may include turkey and pumpkin pie—but also goose, duck, beef, pork, mutton, chicken pot pie, and pickles.

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