Videos #10: It's Thanksgiving and I'm Thankful

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 11-26-2015 10:40 PM 1014 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A long time ago, a group of extraordinarily courageous people boarded a couple of very small ships, Mayflower and Speedwell, and headed off across the Atlantic to make a better life for themselves. Very few of them survived the voyage. But what they started, when they made landfall near a place called Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, became, after much trial and error, much anguish and hardship, The United States of America. They never knew that. I don’t know whether they had any idea that they were “starting something”, at all.
The first contact the Pilgrims had with the natives was with a fella (whose name escapes me), who had been taken, earlier in his life as a slave, to England, where he was educated by the Jesuits, managed to win his freedom, and gained passage to return to his home. He spoke perfect English. (It sounds like a fairy tale, I know. It’ is a true, and well-documented story. It’s the history of America’s founding.) Well, this guy comes walking into the camp of the pilgrims (they’d been there for a while by this time), and says, “Welcome. Do you have any beer?” (I’m not making this up.) The Pilgrims had no beer, so they said, “No, we have no beer. Would you like some Brandy?” And thus it began.
I’m thankful on this day that there were a small group of adventurous souls, willing to set out on the unknown, with faith in God, their Protector. I’m thankful that I’m, in a way, a beneficiary of the kind of moxsie that became known as The American Spirit.
Happy Thanksgiving.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 11-26-2015 10:55 PM

Enjoy your thanksgiving Mark.
the mayflower photo: "The New Mayflower" by Alan Villers - Front NewMayflowerFront.jpg

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#2 posted 11-27-2015 06:59 AM


Thanks for reminding us of our heritage. We owe a great deal to those brave, early settlers who came to America to flee religious persecution. My ancestors came over in the early 1620s but not on the Mayflower. I’ve never traced what ship it was. Thanks for mentioning the Speedwell. I’ll have to research that one to see if there is a list of the names of its passengers.

The name of the Indian was Squanto (or Tisquantum), but I think your account of their meeting (the beer and brandy part) is probably an embellishment of the story. ;-) (It’s highly unlikely that the Separatists would promote alcohol consumption and if they had brandy, it was probably used for medicinal purposes.)

Hope you had a very blessed Thanksgiving.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 11-27-2015 07:59 PM

Happy thanksgiving yesterday Mark. That Massachusetts coast must have been interesting to see the way they saw it. I wonder how many americans can trace their lineage back to the Pilgrims through one line or another. I’ll bet the number is surprisingly high. Anyway, I am thankful for corn, turkey, and squash (particularly pumpkins) and for the wife, who celebrates a meen thanksgiving. Her grandparents on both sides fled the german occupation of Poland escaping to safety and freedom in the USA and she is thankful for that.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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