I was a kid in New Hampshire, just up the road from Ground Zero, but still I wondered how it was that Plymouth got credit as the founding colony and not Jamestown. Now Pat Lang at the Athenaeum* has the real story: it's all abour branding.
But Mark J. Perry says the real story is (you guessed) private property.
And Slate recycles a couple of Thanksgiving Explainers.
*With a big boost from Karen Ordahl Kupperman.