What Are Some Thanksgiving Myths?

The Pilgrims Weren't Called Pilgrims 1 of 8

The colonists who sat down to eat what we consider to be the first Thanksgiving dinner didn't call themselves "pilgrims." They were Protestant Separatists and actually called themselves "Saints." "Pilgrim" was the term used to refer to all early colonists at the time, and it wasn't until the early 20th century that we started using the term to refer exclusively to that group of colonists.