Passeth the Cranb’rry Sauce! The Medieval Origins of Thanksgiving

Dutch painter Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with Turkey Pie (1627) features a cooked turkey that’s been placed back inside its original skin, feathers and all. Wikimedia Commons Most of the flavor combinations and traditions we’ve come to associate with the holiday date back to the Middle Ages. By Dr. Ken Albala / 11.25.2015 Professor of History Chair of Food Studies University of the Pacific How[…]

The People, Voyage, and Arrival of the Mayflower

The pilgrims in the Atlantic crossing on the Mayflower were religious separatists inspired by the Protestant Reformation. Introduction The Mayflower is the name of the cargo ship that brought the Puritan separatists (known as pilgrims) to North America in 1620 CE. It was a type of sailing ship known as a carrack with three masts[…]

European Colonization of the Americas since the Year 1000

The first European community in North America was established c.980-c.1030 CE by the Norse Viking Leif Erikson. Introduction The European colonization of the Americas was the process by which European settlers populated the regions of North, Central, South America, and the islands of the Caribbean. It is also recognized as the direct cause for the[…]