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Can You Pass This Thanksgiving History Quiz?

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    Most historical records show that the very first Thanksgiving was held Plymouth, Massachusetts although historian Michael Gannon contends that the first Thanksgiving celebration actually took place in Florida on Sept. 8, 1565 in an interview with Florida Today .

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    Via state.1keydata.com
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    Historical records show no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. Settlers and Native Americans feasted on deer (also known as venison), ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish with seasonal harvest like pumpkins as their sides.

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    Via publications.newberry.org
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    The festivities went on for three days, according to historical accounts, with some traveling on foot for about two days to attend.

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    Via cdn.history.com
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    The Wampanoag were a tremendous help to English settlers who had a difficult harvest year according to the National Museum of the American Indian.

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    Via newenglandhistoricalsociety.com
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    The Cornucopia s a symbol of nature's productivity and is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. It is a horn-shaped container or basket that is filled with the abundance of a harvest like a pumpkin, corn, carrots and other autumn produce.

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    Via merriam-webster.com
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    Three towns have been named after the holiday's iconic bird: Turkey, Texas, Turkey Creek, La. and Turkey, N.C.

    Via Google Maps
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    The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions have been holding games on this iconic holiday since the 1920s. In 2006, the league began holding a third game with no fixed opponents.

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    Via dallascowboys.com
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    The 17th century ran from1601 to 1700.

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    Via whitehouse.gov
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    A 1962 illustration of the cover of the New Yorker lead to rumors that Franklin wanted to make the flightless bird the U.S. national bird. In 2013, The Smithsonian.com debunked the theory with a copy Franklin's official letters he sent to his daughter simply comparing the merits of the bald eagle and turkey. Although he questioned the bald eagle being the nation's mascot, he did not suggest the turkey should replace it.

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    Via library.upenn.edu
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    In 1620, the Mayflower carried Plymouth's soon-to-be settlers of which many on board were Puritans who formed the first European settlement according to History.com.

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    Via plimoth.org
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    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation establishing the last Thursday of November as the day to observe Thanksgiving. The Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865.

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    Via civilwar.org
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    Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863 to set aside a day in which for Americans might sit down and work to “heal the wounds of the nation” in the aftermath of the first two years of the Civil War that left the nation divided.

Can You Pass This Thanksgiving History Quiz?

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While you're chowing down on giblet and gravy, maybe consider brushing up on your American history.

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While you might not be a historian, you definitely paid attention in high school or have at least decided to learn more about his holiday than which dishes to try this Thanksgiving.

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