FIRST THANKSGIVING ON AMERICAN SOIL WAS IN TEXAS
Did you know the very FIRST Thanksgiving on American soil was NOT at Plymouth Colony in 1620, but 22 years earlier in Texas?
On April 30, 1598–22 years before the Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Colony–a Spanish expedition led by Don Juan de Oñate crossed El Paso del Norte (the northern pass–now El Paso, Texas) into Texas. Oñate ordered his party to rest and celebrate a mass of thanksgiving for their journey thus far before continuing north across Texas and into what is now New Mexico.
SO… THE FIRST THANKSGIVING IN AMERICA WAS ACTUALLY IN TEXAS!
Thank you Philip Leonard for sharing the link to the story.
El Paso actually celebrates Thanksgiving twice. Once in April, and again in November.