Gannon the highest academic honor of that nation, Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel la Católica.
It was another bewildering holiday in America for all us, a newly citizened family in the mid 1960′s. “See, abuela,” we told her rushedly in Spanish, “see? and corn and everything else we have to make here today. It’s what they do in America.” “Si, Si…” my grandmother did her best to pretend she understood. We stared, and then we slowly, one by one, became dismayed. The pictures we were all looking at were so far from what we looked like. We put our arms around her, smelled her delicious smell of arroz/ rice, with cuminos and aji and cilantro that always hung so comfortingly around her.
The Ancient City deserves national notice for that distinction.
Perhaps most of New England is now willing to concede as much, though that was not the case in November 1985, when an Associated Press reporter built a short Thanksgiving Day story around my aforesaid sentence of 20 years before in The Cross in the Sand.
In recent years, Jamestown, Virginia has enjoyed some success in persuading its Anglo-American cousins in Plymouth that it was founded in 1607, thirteen years before the Pilgrims’ arrival, and that there were regular ship schedules from England to Jamestown before the Mayflower’s voyage of 1620.
Furthermore, Berkeley Plantation near Charles City, Virginia, has convincingly demonstrated that it conducted a thanksgiving ceremony on December 4, 1619, nearly two years before the festival at Plymouth.The first Thanksgiving in our country took place in September 1565, when famed Spanish mariner Pedro Menéndez de Avilés along with 800 Spanish settlers celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to commemorate the successful sea voyage and founding of the town of St.Augustine, which would go on to be the first and longest-lasting port within the present-day United States.And let’s enjoy all our Thanksgivings whenever and wherever they first began. Gannon is a Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Florida.He has had a long interest in the early Spanish missions of Florida about which he has written extensively.Augustine was up for urban renewal.” Our family here at the St. Its a great summary of the origins of our national holiday with plenty of juicy historical details. When on September 8, 1565 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his 800 Spanish settlers founded the settlement of St.Augustine Lighthouse is preparing to close the site for tomorrow, and we all wish you and your families the best during this holiday. Enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving meals of salt pork, garlic, and garbonzo bean soup! Augustine in La Florida, the landing party celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving, and, afterward, Menéndez laid out a meal to which he invited as guests the native Seloy tribe who occupied the site. Augustine’s first pastor, Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, and the feast day in the church calendar was that of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.And you can tell them for me that, by the time the Pilgrims came to Plymouth, St.Augustine was up for urban renewal.” The somewhat rattled chairman of the Selectmen was quoted as saying: “I hate to take the wind out of the professor’s sails, but there were no turkeys running around in Florida in the 1500s.Two of his books, Rebel Bishop (1964) and The Cross in the Sand (1965) treat of the early history of this state.In 1990, Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, conferred on Dr.