A Thanksgiving myth busted

Contrary to what American myth has long held, it is quite unlikely that...fish were used as fertilizer in Indian fields, notwithstanding the legendary role of the Pilgrims' friend Squanto in teaching the colonists this practice. Squanto probably learned the technique while being held captive in Europe...Having no easy way to transport large quantities of fish from river to field, and preferring quite sensibly to avoid such back-breaking work, Indians simply abandoned their fields when the soil lost its fertility.
From the book Changes in the Land.

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