explorers to the New World quickly acquired a taste for turkey and took
birds back to Europe. By the 1500s, turkeys were being raised domestically
in Italy, France and England. When the Pilgrims and other settlers arrived
in America, they were already familiar with raising and eating turkey and
naturally included it as part of their Thanksgiving feast.
Franklin proposed the turkey as the official United States' bird, but was
dismayed when the bald eagle was chosen over the turkey. Franklin wrote to
his daughter, referring to the eagle's "bad moral character," saying, "I
wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our
country! The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true
original native of America."
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