No Doubt, Venison on First Thanksgiving Meal Many Years Ago

No Doubt, Venison on First Thanksgiving Meal Many Years Ago

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The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, created in 1899. (US Library of Congress)

Venison, turkey, waterfowl, shellfish and other game likely were part of the original autumn feast of thanks for the harvest and hunts, which has today become our Thanksgiving holiday.

Many people wrongfully assume that today’s Thanksgiving meal is pretty much what the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate back in the day when they gathered to celebrate the autumn harvest.

Those are the kind of people who, likely, believe the meat in the grocery stores comes from animals treated well and unlike those killed by hunters. I won’t dive off deeply into that aspect, but suffice to say…



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