Why we have globalization to thank for Thanksgiving, by Farok Contractor in The Conversation

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Date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Location: 
New York, NY

The Conversation

As Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving Day feasts, some may recall the story of the "Pilgrim Fathers" who founded one of the first English settlements in North America in 1620, at what is today the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

What many Americans don't realize, however, is that the story of those early settlers' struggle, which culminated in what we remember today as the first Thanksgiving feast, is also a tale of globalization, many centuries before the word was even coined.

Crossing the Atlantic began a century before the Pilgrims' passage to the New World aboard the Mayflower. By the 1600s, trans-Atlantic travel had become increasingly common. It was because of globalization that those first settlers were able to survive in an inhospitable and unforgiving land.

Two short stories will help me [Farok Contractor] explain. As a professor of international business in the Management and Global Business department at Rutgers Business School, I have been fascinated by the history of trade going back millennia, and how most Americans do not know the background story of Thanksgiving Day.

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