Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving

The plain fact of history is that 56 years prior to the Protestant English colonists' version of Thanksgiving, the Catholic Spaniards had beat them to it, in St. Augustine, Florida.

Father Francisco L√≥pez, the fleet chaplain, preceded  the expedition commander Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Fr. Lopez held a cross and Mendendez de Aviles knelt and kissed it. They shared a meal with the local Indians.

The Spaniards instituted another great Thanksgiving tradition: leftovers. They did not have time to plant and grow food, so ate what they had lived on during the voyage to the New World.

St. Augustine is a favorite family vacation spot for Bears, who relish its history and touristy atmosphere.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of St. Corbinian's Bear. The Bear is thankful for both of you.

4 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Bear!

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  2. May the goats, dogs, bears and humans of Zoar enjoy a mellow vibe and much feasting!

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  3. (Oh, and the chickens and any cats, too :-)

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  4. May you have much to be thankful for!

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