The legend tells that the first winter the Pilgrim Fathers spent after landing in the New World (it is dated December 16, 1620), was very hard for them as they had nothing to eat: more than half of them died of hunger. During the following spring the natives, perhaps the Iroquois Indians, taught them how to hunt, fish, grow corn, food unknown to them, and many other crops suited to the unknown land. In the autumn of 1621 the Pilgrims had generous crops of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins. They had also learned, again from the Indians, how to cook cranberries and different kinds of vegetables. At this point, the colonists had much to be thankful for, so they organized a party and invited the Indians to join; the Indians brought deer to roast and turkey. In the following years these early settlers continued to celebrate the autumn harvest with the feast of "Thanksgiving"