The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1


In which John Green kicks off Crash Course US History! Why, you may ask, are we covering US History, and not more World History, or the history of some other country, or the very specific history of your home region? Well, the reasons are many. But, like it or not, the United States has probably meddled in your country to some degree in the last 236 years or so, and that means US History is relevant all over the world. In episode 1, John talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US 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. John 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. Which is not a positive legend.

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  1. Why are we worried about saying that people without the wheel were primitive?
    We have no problem saying that muskets are primitive today.
    Technology moves forward and those without it are left in the "primitive" world.
    That is NOT a racial slur, nor does it reflect badly on the people groups' IQ. It is just a word that reflects the advancements technology has made in the last few thousand years.

    If the church (whatever they wanted to call it. Catholic, Protestant, or whatever), had been following the teachings in the Bible, we wouldn't be having half of the discussions this era has started. They would have come over and treated the people fairly and bought land from them, educated those that wanted it, and civilized the land correctly. As it was, the people who came over either had no desire to follow Gods laws, or didn't have the rank to change the outcome.

  2. This video is a lie, FIRST of all we were not Indians, that is the name you gave us. Also we had GREAT BUILDINGS when the conqueror came into the LAND of Kemet Egypt Tartarean Native Black Negro Coloured African American among all the names YOU gave us. STOP with the LIE'S, that is why this country can't heal and get along. My grandmother Knew who she were, and she said that Your Heart has to be lighter than the feather, the MA'AT KEMET feather and that is why she didn't attend church.

  3. How many roads, Universities, hospitals, schools, palaces …did England build in America? When was tje interracial marriage legal in USA?1967 In Spanish America since XVI century. USA got its independence because of Spanish help. Otherwise, USA would still be striking only for survival in the tiny 13 colonies. Spanish America Viceroyalties were Spanish provinces, not colonies.
    USA and UK have built their wealth destroying their colonies ones, Bengala fabric industries were destroyed to protect Manchester fabric factories, India people died by starvation because British will of changing crops. What crops? Opium! Whst for? To force Chine into "commerce". UK had nothing valuable to offer and they choose to become drug dealers to make money.
    Drug dealers, pirates endorsed by the monarchy,….beautiful contribution to the world

  4. I'm not doing APUSH I'm having a midterm and I need at 75% to passsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh

  5. Shame of you…. I thought will be a serious explanation, historical context are not black or white and it is much more difficult to inmerse than some bad jokes… Your last relativity speech talking about who is writing the history think is wet paper comparing to the full video… Just an advise study harder to not be ridiculous.

  6. So the conquest were successful because of euro/afro disease.I wonder how it would been if disease hadn't played a huge role.

  7. Is South America not the America’s? Because you left out the Spanish visiting in Peru and Chile in the 1400s which is document

  8. It is very fun to see a anglo-saxon talking about Spain and its history. When it happens you can see what is the meaning of IGNORANCE!

  9. Thank you for being considerate and understanding and educating the people. As a Diné Hastiin (Navajo man) you did it right. You kept it professional but also kept it respectful to us. 😁

  10. What a disgusting video full with missinformation, and so many views, no wonder Anglophones know nothing about Spanish history.
    The queen of England says thank you for the propaganda altho the war ended 200 years ago you prick, stop pushing false information.

  11. Your videos have helped me more than any of my teachers 😂 I went to a Christian school that taught little to nothing about anything outside of the Bible so college has been real fun trying to catch up 😅

  12. The English, Portuguese and Danish killed and took Amerindian lands as much as Spanish. Spanish married many indians. Not the above at all.

  13. One thing is a given and that is Rabbi Green has no problem giving praise to any race other than whites all the while neglecting to give where credit is due for the straight white male.


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