HUB History - Our Favorite Stories from Boston History

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Thanksgiving Bonus: The "wonderful plague"

Tomorrow, we will celebrate Thanksgiving in Massachusetts for the 400th time. It's worth taking a moment this evening to reflect on the circumstances that made that first Thanksgiving possible. In the years before colonization, a deadly epidemic swept from Massachusetts Bay up to the Penobscot River and down to Narragansett Bay, killing more than 90% of the native Massachuset and Wampanoag people in some villages. The Massachuset referred to it as “the Great Dying,” while English settlers called it a “wonderful plague” or a “prodigious pestilence,” sent by God to purge the native inhabitants of the continent and make way for his chosen people. Original show notes:


 2021-11-25  30m