Why is turkey the main dish on Thanksgiving?

pema href="https://theconversation.com/us/topics/curious-kids-us-74795"Curious Kids/a is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to a href="mailto:curiouskidsus@theconversation.com"curiouskidsus@theconversation.com/a./em/p hr blockquote pstrongWhy did turkey become the national Thanksgiving go-to dish? Gianna, age 10, Phoenix, Arizona/strong/p /blockquote hr pHave you ever wondered why Thanksgiving revolves around turkey and not ham, chicken, venison, beef or corn? /p pAlmost a href="https://today.yougov.com/topics/society/articles-reports/2021/11/24/thanksgiving-food-debates-poll"9 in 10/a Americans eat turkey during this festive meal, whether it’s roasted, deep-fried, grilled or cooked in any other way for the occasion./p pYou might believe it’s because of what the Pilgrims, a year after they landed in what’s now the state of Massachusetts, and their a href="https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-wampanoag-side-of-the-first-thanksgiving-story"Indigenous Wampanoag guests/a ate during their first thanksgiving feast in 1621. Or that it’s because a href="https://www.almanac.com/wild-turkey-history-all-american-bird"turkey is originally from the Americas/a. /p pBut it has more to do with how Americans observed the holiday in the late 1800s than which poultry the Pilgrims ate while celebrating their bounty in 1621./p