Video: The Black Legend, Native Americans and Spaniards

U.S. History is relevant all over the world. In this first episode,┬áJohn Green talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the U.S. prior to European contact. This is a history class, not archaeology, so we’re mainly going to cover written history. That means we start with the first sustained European settlement in North America, and that means the Spanish. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive. The Spanish were definitely not peaceful colonizers, but what colonizers are peaceful? Colonization pretty much always results in an antagonistic relationship with the locals. In this video, John Green teaches you about early Spanish explorers, settlements, and what happened when they didn’t get along with the indigenous people. The story of their rocky relations has been called the Black Legend. Watch the video to find out more.