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This was the second successful permanent English colony in the part of North America that later became the United States, after the Jamestown Colony.
The event known as the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World which lasted for three days.Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.