True Story: The First Thanksgiving Story Of Long Island On Oct. 3, 1789

True Story: The First Thanksgiving Story Of Long Island On October 3, 1789

Here is the history of the official recognition of the first national Thanksgiving holiday.

On October 3, 1789, in New York City at Congress’ solicitation, President George Washington gave the primary proclamation of Thanksgiving in the United States, “President Washington’s National Thanksgiving Proclamation.”

Henceforth, he stated, the nation would commend a yearly day of public appreciation.

An Oyster Bay schoolmaster living on Long Island’s North Shore beat you to it. On account of Zachariah Weekes’ eighteenth century journal passage and a nearby antiquarian’s cutting edge sleuthing, we currently realize that New Yorkers’ first yearly recognition occurred in 1759. That is, 30 years before the president’s declaration, before there even was an American president or the United States.

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Proofs In Publishing

The disclosure in November 2018 of the blurred, ink-recolored pages was a significant find for Claire Bellerjeau. The passage in the sheepskin journal she found in the historical center’s files was composed by hand in the streaming, resplendent cursive of the day, dated Sunday, November 25, 1759, and is the soonest known notice of Thanksgiving in the state.

During that time, there was no standardization of holiday dates. According to Weekes, the first Thanksgiving took place on November 22.

New York State’s acting Governor James DeLancey said: “…Last Thursday being a day set apart by our Governor for public Thanksgiving for the Success of his Majesties Forces in America…”

Who was Zachariah Weekes? He was Oyster Bay’s schoolmaster for a very long time. He took dwelling in the Under hill house between Cove Road and Tiffany Road and was a sharp eyewitness of life around him in Oyster Bay in Queens County before Nassau County was made. Also, he expounded on the bustling sea action, the probability of smallpox spreading, the Seven Years’ War between the British and the French, religion, and the congregation.

Also, he expounded on his understudies and their conspicuous LI families — the Townsends, Under hills, Youngs, McCouns, and that’s just the beginning. Who paid for their kids’ educational cost in products including equipment, food, garments, and, obviously, “oysters,” as opposed to in coin.

Although Weekes’ diary was not published, there were evidence and proofs of the dates which he mentioned.

“I did find a corresponding record for the Nov, 22, 1759 Thanksgiving date,” she said. She was referring to an advertisement published on November 26, 1759, in the newspaper The New York-Mercury. “Sadly, it is a runaway slave ad.”


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Colonists required a confidence supporter, a break from information on the progressing Seven Years’ War. At the point when the news that Quebec had fallen arrived at New York City. It was viewed as one of the extraordinary triumphs of the contention.

The settlers of every one of the 13 settlements, including New York, were additionally appreciating a strong economy. So an official occasion allowed them to offer gratitude. One spectator composed that by the 1770s, the overall way of life in the provinces was the most noteworthy on the planet.

The island essentially creates British and Indian corn, hamburger, pork, fish, which they ship off the sugar colonies. They likewise have a whale fishery, sending the oil and unresolved issue, in return for fabrics and furniture. Their different fisheries here are entirely impressive.

Those fisheries gave various kinds of fish that were likely on the menu at the 1759 banquet. Alongside natural product from nearby apple plantations, and, obviously, shellfish.



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