1) It is a religious holiday. Pure and simple. Everything about the two accounts and indeed George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation shows that they were not just thanking Mother Nature or the Indians, they were thanking God, our Creator, Providence…etc.
2) The native Indian tribe represented by Squanto was extraordinarily helpful in the Pilgrim’s making it through the first winter. It is obvious that lives were probably saved because of their help (in addition to God’s).
3) The second winter (and subsequent winters) was much better when the Governor decided to dispense with the communal storage and let each of the settler’s families grow and be responsible for their own own food.
Much of the rest is speculation, and the funny thing is, after all of the different versions, all I can come up with from the actual accounts is quite similar to the story that I learned as a kid.
Isn’t that amazing.
Posted at 05:55 pm by Logipundit