Wasn’t in Plymouth, but in Saint Augustine, FL…on September 8th 1565!!! Read about a teacher’s attempt to recapture the forgotten history of the beginnings of the United States in USA Today:
Robyn Gioia doesn’t look like a troublemaker. Far from it.
Gioia is a wife, mother and teacher, and her green eyes twinkle when she talks about her fifth-grade students at the Bolles School just north of here in Ponte Vedra.
But Gioia, 53, has written a children’s book, and just the title is enough to peeve any Pilgrim: America’s REAL First Thanksgiving.
“It was the publisher who put real in capital letters,” she says, “but I think it’s great.”
What does REAL mean? Well, she’s not talking turkey and cranberry sauce. She’s talking a Spanish explorer who landed here on Sept. 8, 1565, and celebrated a feast of thanksgiving with Timucua Indians. They dined on bean soup.