Virginia Claims First Thanksgiving

By Matthew Stabley
|  Thursday, Nov 26, 2009  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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Virginia Claims First Thanksgiving

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The pilgrims of Plymouth, Mass., are traditionally known as the originators of Thanksgiving, but according to a Virginia town, that's just another one of history's lies.

According to local historians, a group of settlers arrived in Berkley Plantation in 1619 -- two years before the pilgrims gathered at Plymouth Rock.

"They had a ceremonious thanksgiving to all mighty God for their safe deliverance," said Malcolm Jamieson, of Berkley Plantation.

The word "thanksgiving" even appears in a prayer that was read during that ceremony. A copy of that prayer is in the Library of Congress, and it's read at a reenactment held in Berkley every November.

So there.

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