Turkeys are a Thanksgiving main dish, but when you take that bite do you really think of the history behind turkey? A long time ago, English settlers domesticated turkeys. Taming turkeys came when people had grain to feed them. Also people took their feathers, bones and meat using all of the turkey. The turkey became such a staple in America that it was considered to be the national bird! Today the turkey still gobbles in all it’s glory and Americans gobble turkeys all throughout the year.
Did you know: When the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the 16th century they encountered the already-domesticated common turkey, Meleagris gallopavo. They apparently liked the bird; turkeys were among the plunder they took back to Spain around 1519. ... So the new bird was soon being called a turkey-cock, eventually shortened to turkey (Information site).