Fred Griffin: The First Thanksgiving was Celebrated in FLORIDA - Not Massachusetts!

The First Thanksgiving was Celebrated in FLORIDA - Not Massachusetts!

     The "First Thanksgiving" in America was celebrated near Jacksonville, Florida in 1564.  The Second Thanksgiving was celebrated in St. Augustine, Florida in 1565.  These Thanksgivings occurred many years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts!

     In the year 1564, near present day Jacksonville, Captain René de Laudonnière, a French Huguenot (Protestant), held a Thanksgiving Feast at Fort Caroline, Florida.  He wrote,  "We sang a psalm of Thanksgiving unto God, beseeching Him that it would please His Grace to continue His accustomed goodness toward us."

     About one year later, in 1565, the Spaniard Pedro Menéndez de Avilés held a Thanksgiving Feast in St. Augustine, Florida.  He and his crew were joined by the Timucua Indians.


State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,


     Both of these "Thanksgivings" were celebrated long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.

     All of these Thanksgiving Feasts, including the one held by the Pilgrims in 1621, shared similarities.  Christian men and women had sailed across unknown seas to a new land.  Upon arrival, they invited the Native Peoples (the Indians) to join them in a Feast.  They gave thanks to God for their successful journey, for their food, and for His continued blessings.  They celebrated Thanksgiving!



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Comment balloon 5 commentsFred Griffin • November 27 2013 01:14PM


Fred, I just wanted to stop by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  It's interesting what makes it into the history books in schools and what doesn't.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Correct, and we have the fountain of youth!

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (One World Realty Inc.) about 4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving, Fred.  I think that Florida is a wonderful place to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Posted by Christine OShea (RE/MAX Realty Select) about 4 years ago

Does this mean that we all go back and retroactively fail history? So many historical 'facts' that have been proven wrong.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 28 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) about 4 years ago

Much of History has been re-written

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 4 years ago