It may still be a surprise to some, but the fact remains that the first European colonists to celebrate a feast of Thanksgiving on North American soil were 500 pioneers in Don Juan de Oñate’s expedition.
There were dozens of families, 10 Franciscan missionaries and 129 soldiers. The celebratory event took place on the banks of the Rio Grande in the vicinity of San Elizario on April 30, 1598. As you may remember, the Plymouth Rock Thanksgiving took place in 1621.
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