Colonists in Jamestown, Virginia held a thanksgiving prayer service
after English supply ships arrived with food. The harsh winter of
1609-1610 generated a famine that decimated the settlers. The group
was reduced from 490 members to only 60 survivors who were forced
to dire measures such as eating their horses. The colonial celebration
which followed the arrival of the ships with food has also been
considered the "first Thanksgiving."
Remains in Jamestown, Virginia.