Monday, November 23, 2015
Tidbit for the T-Day conversation
But this was NOT the first Thanksgiving, say archeologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The first one was 50 years earlier near the Matanza River in St. Augustine, Florida.
That was when the Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Avilas (left) and 800 soldiers, sailors, and settlers joined local tribes for a feast that followed the Mass of Thanksgiving.
They ate salted pork, red wine from Spain, and yucca from the Caribbean. Also on the table--garbanzo beans, hardtack, and olives.
Menendez left Spain with eight ships and arrived with four. He was thankful to have made it.
By the time the Pilgrims rustled up their vittles, the people who settled America's first colony in Florida probably had children and grandchildren living there.
The Florida settlement was also more of a melting pot than the more British-oriented ones we usually hear about.