The First Thanksgiving. A long time ago before Christopher Columbus, people lived in the land we now call America. They are the real first Americans. They are the Indians. The first Americans were hunters who traveled from place to place to find food.
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The yellow star on the map shows
where the land bridge once was.
The first Americans had to make their clothes and shoes from animal skins. There were no stores to buy things.
Some made boats from trees. These boats were called canoes.
The Indians were scared of the English when they met them for the first time. They wondered who these strange people were and why they had come to their land.
The Indians and the English wanted to learn about one another, but they spoke different languages. Therefore, it was hard for them to talk and understand each other.
The English were unfamiliar with the land so the Native Americans helped them by showing them what foods to eat and what crops to grow.
Pocahontas was a Native American princess. She was Chief Powhatan’s daughter. Pocahontas helped the English people by bringing them food and helping them to communicate and trade with the Indians.