Thanksgiving Claims of Texas and Others

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On April 30, 1598, the members of Juan de Onate’s expedition had every right to be thankful.
For 50 days, his 500-person entrada had endured the Chihuahuan Desert. It rained almost constantly during the first seven days of their trek north from Mexico.
Then the desert returned to normal and the expedition soon began suffering from lack of water.
Forty-five days into the trip, the Spaniards ran out of both water and food.
Finally reaching the Rio Grande at what would become El Paso, man and animal alike rushed to quench their thirst in the river – a stream running fast and fresh from melted mountain snow in what is now New Mexico.
Two horses died from drinking too much, two others drowned.
It took 10 days at the Pass of the North for the expedition to recover from the hardships of the journey.
On the 11th day, at Onate’s order, the Spaniards celebrated a day of thanksgiving.
“We built a great bonfire and roasted...meat and fish, and then all sat down to a repast the like of which we had never


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