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Thanksgiving History (Grade 3)

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Thanksgiving History

Instructions: Feasts of thanksgiving were first celebrated in the New World by the Spanish conquerors. By the 1600s, English colonists celebrated their thankfulness to God with thanksgiving feasts throughout New England.

The first time all the English colonies celebrated Thanksgiving at the same time was during the Revolutionary War. General George Washington ordered Thursday, December 18, 1777, to be a day of prayer and thanksgiving. As president, Washington later named November 26, 1789, a day of thanksgiving for victory in the war. It wasn't until many years later that President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be an annual "Thanksgiving" holiday in the United States.

Answer the questions below about the historical origins of Thanksgiving.

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