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Washing Down the First Thanksgiving

“The general disdain for water that the British had was cultural. In England, only the poorest of people drank water. Even middle class workers could afford beer, cider, or at the very least milk and tea. People that could afford beer drank it because it was safer than the water, especially in cities. This was well before landfills, recycling, and water treatment. Anything that was dumped in the street or thrown out the window could end up in the local water source. The sources of water in the New World were considerably cleaner than the ones in London. One even wrote that it could be considered a suitable replacement for the beer or wine. Those sources were still not spotless. Sickness was starting to creep into the ranks of the settlers, as well as the crew of the Mayflower.”

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Washing Down the First Thanksgiving