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,

What many Americans don't realize, however, is that the early settlers, half
of whom had died, and the rest starving and shivering in the New England
winter, were saved by an English-speaking Patuxet Indian who had returned
from Europe after a six-year journey.  The settlers' survival, which
culminated in what we remember today as the first Thanksgiving feast, is a
tale of globalization, many centuries before the word was even coined. And
the turkey on Thanksgiving tables may not be a bird native to the U.S. but
is more likely a bird of Mexican origin taken by the Spanish to Europe and
(re)imported back to North America.

As Americans enjoy their repast, enquiring minds may wish to read my post at
The Conversation

Some understanding of globalization's history may help those who attack it
consider the historical long-term inevitability of the official motto of the
United States (appearing on its Great Seal): "E Pluribus Unum."

Farok J. Contractor, Ph.D.
Management & Global Business 
Rutgers Business School
1 Washington Park
Newark, New Jersey 07102-1897, USA
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