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Before the Pilgrims, Floridians celebrated the ‘real’ first Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of year when children make cardboard turkeys and draw the Mayflower, while we prepare to fill our tables with stuffing and pumpkin pie the way most of us imagine the Pilgrims did at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. But there’s just one catch, according to archaeologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History: The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving wasn’t the first. The nation’s real first Thanksgiving took place more than 50 years earlier near the Matanzas River in St.…

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