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As you all know, Thanksgiving has a lot of history behind it. It’s well known that the feast was a sign of peace. But is this really true? 

It has been said that sometime in October 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest with a 3 day-long feast. This feast was called Thanksgiving. Now, this is the traditional understanding of this holiday, but the real story was a bit different. It’s been said that nations were celebrating Thanksgiving long before the pilgrims. Some researchers suggest that this “Thanksgiving” feast was celebrated by Spanish settlers and the Seloy tribe as far back as 1565. A few decades later, settlers in Berkley celebrated their arrival with a Thanksgiving, though it didn’t have much to it. 

Some research also suggests that the reason behind Thanksgiving isn’t as peaceful and friendly as it seems. It’s been said that the true Thanksgiving was celebrated after a bloody massacre. Over 700 Pequot men, women and children were slaughtered in cold blood. Their feast was merely to celebrate their “victory.”