• 16C Thanksgiving - 1565 in St Augustine

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    Bry Theodor De Bry (528-1598), The Natives of Florida Worshiping the Column Erected by the Commander on his First Voyage 1564
    There are actually several events claiming to be the 1st Thanksgiving in colonial Spanish & English America. The 1st, & probably the earliest, colonial Thanksgiving took place on September 8, 1565. An explorer, Pedro Menéndez de Avilé, along with 800 Spanish settlers celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to commemorate the successful sea voyage & founding of the town of St. Augustine, which would go on to be the 1st & longest-lasting port within the present-day United...
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  • 16C Thanksgiving - 1598 on the Rio Grande in Texas

    16C Thanksgiving - 1598 on the Rio Grande in Texas

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    Juan De Oñate celebrated Thanksgiving in 1598 at modern day San Elizario, Texas.
    Conquistadors under the leadership of Don Juan De Oñate celebrated Thanksgiving in 1598 at modern day San Elizario, Texas. Over 20 years before the widely known feast in New England, Spanish Conquistadors held a mass & a feast giving thanks in what is now San Elizario, Texas. Al Borrego, artist & spokesman for the San Elizario Genealogical & Historical Society, said "Oñate, colonizer of New Mexico, entered what is now the United States, near San Elizario, Texas, on April 20, 1598, at the banks of the Rio...
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