CORN

THE REAL GOLD OF THE NEW WORLD

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… FOODSTUFFS -

When the Pil­grims ar­rived in Ply­mouth, Mas­sachusetts in 1620, they strug­gled to sur­vive. They found the land in­hos­pitable, and the cli­mate bit­ter cold. Per­haps they would have per­ished al­to­gether, had Na­tive Amer­i­cans not taught them how to cul­ti­vate corn, a sta­ple crop in the New World. To cel­e­brate their sur­vival, the set­tlers and some indige­nous peo­ple held a joint feast in 1621, which is now be­lieved to be the first thanks­giv­ing. Sadly, the har­mony would not last.

Corn was first do­mes­ti­cate d in Mex­ico around 10,000 years ago

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