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Not exactly Thanksgiving in Plymouth Rock, but at least they had turkey

Like the Pilgrims of Plymouth, French traders Pierre Esprit Radisson and his brother-in-law, the Sieur de Groseilliers, nearly starved to death their first winter in Wisconsin. Wandering the frozen grounds of the Northwoods, Radisson and Groseilliers struggled to find food, eventually resorting to eating their two dogs before finding some exiled Ottawas to live amongst for the winter. There, at the headwaters of the Chippewa River, Radisson and Groseilliers were given wild rice and other fowl, including wild turkey, prepared by the Ottawas. Groseilliers even gave a speech of Thanksgiving (p 213). While not exactly the feast enjoyed in Plymouth in the fall of 1621 (nor the one we enjoy today), the Ottawas saved Radisson and Groseilliers from almost certain death. This account, written after their return, describes their tumultuous trip.

Posted November 21, 2005
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