The First Thanksgiving, 1621 How many Pilgrims left England aboard the Mayflower?



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Use complete sentences on your worksheet as you answer questions from the following reading:

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/thanksgiving.htm


The First Thanksgiving, 1621


  1. How many Pilgrims left England aboard the Mayflower?



  1. How many days did it take the Pilgrims to reach Massachusetts?



  1. What problems did the Pilgrims face aboard the Mayflower?



  1. About what percent of the Pilgrims died by the spring of 1621?



  1. Why did Squanto know English?



6. Why did William Bradford call for a feast?

7. How many days did the Pilgrims and Native Americans feast?

8. Does Edward Winslow’s primary source make any mention of the Pilgrims

having eaten turkey on Thanksgiving? 


9. What kind of meat did the Native Americans share with the pilgrims?

10. Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, what are some similarities between your modern Thanksgiving and the “Thanksgiving” the pilgrims had in 1621? Explain!

Teacher Answer Sheet

The First Thanksgiving, 1621


  1. How many Pilgrims left England aboard the Mayflower?

102 Pilgrims were aboard the Mayflower.


  1. How many days did it take the Pilgrims to reach Massachusetts?

It took the Pilgrims 66 days to reach Massachusetts.


  1. What problems did the Pilgrims face aboard the Mayflower?

Malnutrition and disease were major problems that Pilgrims faced.


  1. About what percent of the Pilgrims died by the spring of 1621?

About 50% of the Pilgrims had died by the spring of 1621.


  1. Why did Squanto know English?

Squanto had been kidnapped by English adventurers/slave traders years earlier.
6. Why did William Bradford call for a feast?

William Bradford called for a feast to celebrate the good harvest and good fortune of the Pilgrims.


7. How many days did the Pilgrims and Native Americans feast?

They feasted for at least three days.


8. Does Edward Winslow’s primary source make any mention of the Pilgrims

having eaten turkey on Thanksgiving? 

Edward Winslow makes no mention of turkey.


9. What kind of meat did the Native Americans share with the pilgrims?

The Native Americans shared deer meat.


10. Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, what are some similarities between your modern Thanksgiving and the “Thanksgiving” the pilgrims had in 1621? Explain!

Answers will vary




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