Waffles first appeared during the Middle Ages as communion wafers but made their first appearance on North American shores in:
- 1620, brought by the Pilgrims who discovered them during a brief stop in Holland
- 1789 when the French ambassador gifted Thomas Jefferson a pair of waffle irons at Monticello
- 1892, with the arrival of the first immigrants from Belgium at Ellis Island
The answer is the Pilgrims are responsible for bringing waffles to America in 1620 after discovering them during their brief stop in Holland. Dutch immigrants popularized the dish in New Amsterdam, before it became New York.