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When most Americans think of the First Thanksgiving Day, many likely think of the Mayflower pilgrims, who gather outdoors with Native Americans for a grand feast of turkey, bread, and colorful fall vegetables

But as the country prepares for an unfamiliar Christmas season amid a global pandemic, the true story of this unique American tradition resonates differently this year

Fox Nation’s new Thanksgiving Special, “A Very Nation Thanksgiving,” explores the little-known difficulties and hurdles pilgrims face on their journey to the New World and focuses on their spirit of gratitude, strength and perseverance despite the devastating losses they sustained

In September 1620 the Mayflower took off with 102 passengers aboard Plymouth, England Some fled religious persecution, others sought prosperity All looked for a chance to build a new life Two months later the ship first landed on Cape Cod, Massvor Foundation of the Plymouth Colony

The Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that brought the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, can be seen in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2014
(AP Photo / Stephan Savoia, file)

“It was a terribly dark and cold winter, very freezing outside, and a lot of the people on the ship were sick,” Lea Filson, a Mayflower descendant, told Fox News. “There were only 51 left by the end of this winter left of them “

What most consider to be the first Thanksgiving Day, celebrated in October 1621 after the pilgrims’ first successful maize harvest in the New World – made possible by the Wampanoags, who taught settlers how to grow maize and master other survival skills

“Wampanoags have indeed helped, and this is the first time real families with young children have ended up in the New World and the wampanoags have been very helpful,” explained Filson. “They helped teach pilgrims how to plants and produces a good harvest, and finally both sides agreed on a peace alliance that they held for a good half a century “

The Fox Nation Special, hosted by Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox & Friends, is celebrating its 400th anniversary Anniversary of the Mayflower Landing in Plymouth Rock The program offers insights from Filson, Plimoth Patuxet Museum’s chief historian Richard Pickering, and others who walk viewers through the history of First Thanksgiving, the establishment of the holiday by US. Presidents and the Development of American Traditions Today

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