By Spanish Catholics at St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565
Not by Protestant Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1620
To Which the Local Seloy Indians Brought Wild Turkey, Corn, and Squash
Recent research has proven that 55 years before the Pilgrims landed, the Spanish founder of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, Pedro Menindez de Avilis, and 800 Spanish settlers assisted at a Mass of Thanksgiving. Following the Mass, Menindez arranged a post-Communion communal meal to be shared by the Spaniards and the Seloy Indians, who occupied the landing site. The Seloy Indians would have brought wild turkey, maize (corn), and squash, among other native foods.