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Jule Stark : 0:35 A horse? I thought the Europeans brought the horses...

Epip Boland : My third grade history teacher has failed me.

avoqado89 : 0:06 Shut up Jerry, I mean Cyril, I mean Esurance box

Theo Stadick : "More people lived in the Americas than in Europe." How can anyone be shocked by that; the Americas are way bigger than Europe.

ege guzelgonul : Who would win? Millons of natives which have nations that form fully democratic federations. OR One pathogen boi.

quiroz923 : Wait... Do people not know that native Americans had towns and cities?? Is this a thing people don't know?? What? I mean... WHAT?

Khanh Tran : 50,000,000 to 100,000,000 is a real larrrggeee guessing range.

Meme Lord : 0:49 yes how did you know

Peaceful Tigrex : Way too short. It feels like the introduction to the topic, not like an entire video.

Alex Jones : Shut up Jerry

Boul Shyte : idk y everyone js so surprised that a country like america would have racial bias in their education system

Maurice DelTaco : Shut up Jerry

laurence. S : Why do people desperately try to justify colonialism? Just except that history is violent, dark and unethical, perhaps we could avoid the same mistakes

Kharn The Betrayer : These make you realise that Assassains Creed 3 actually was pretty accurate.

Amber Lin : Yes!! This is what we need!! Finally! As a Native American I thank you!

Cbbdragon : You showed a horse in the village but there were no horses until European settlers brought them over

Oblithian : So in North, Central and South America there were 50-100mil people (roughly 1.17-2.35 people/ ...over what period of time? I feel like the lack of detail in Adam ruins everything just adds further misconceptions.

droid root : Native Americans never had horses. Horses are indigenous to Europe.

Johnny Rico : This is misleading. There was enormous variation among Native American cultures before the Europeans arrived, to the extent that you can't encapsulate "Native Americans" with a single village. Namely the differences between North and South America. South Americans had enormously complex societies and full on empires, with entire cities, not just permanent settlements, while many tribes in modern day North America were indeed nomadic and weren't even close to that level of sophistication.

Relo : Aside from the fact that the america's (meaning north and south america) is a WHOLE damn lot larger than europe so wouldn't be that suprising if there where more people living there. And most Native American did "wander around the woods" (unless he mean's literally, but let's assume he means nomadic groups). This was because the America's doesn't really have domesticatable animals and plants with only corn, beans and squash that was able to be domesticated (and only lama's in south america when it comes to animals). Those three are a decent base for food, but still required hunting parties to get food from outside of "organized settlements". (not to mention the most of america didn't have the climate for such crops, thus no chance at "organized settlements" or had a rather steady stream of incoming meat. Leaving largely fertile land with good climate and a sea as the only decent chance at something more permanent, ironically enough the example adam uses). Unless you'd count an load of tepee's together for half a year or so an "organized settlement", which it certainly can be classified as though you could also as easily classify it as "wandering through the woods". Damn adam, define your terms.

Mehul Koshti : and then there was this mass murderer.....Christopher Columbus.

James Oh Burn : I really hope there’s a section where Adam makes fun of every ignoramus that calls them “Indians”.


Krishna doraisamy : Awesome episode! Great work Adam!

Scelestus13 : 50 million is the most common consensus number, and nearly a quarter of that was in the Inca Empire alone. Several million were also in Mexica. North America was extremely sparsely populated. All of North America have a population of, generously, Spain. One group in North America being farmers does not a metropolis make. I certainly agree Europeans have long unfairly dismissed Native Americans, but they were much less advanced than Europe (and before you say I'm a European white-nationalist, Asia has been more advanced than Europe for most of history).

Orla : You guys should really do more Native American history because so much of our current knowledge of the nations are Beyond false. Current American history text books have completely taken out the trail of tears and other significant events. Example: the Lakota-Soux tribe took up 2/3 of the United States and it is still technically its own nation/country in the dakotas by law. (Though 5 years after the agreement the colonizers found gold there and pretended the treaty never happened)

william francis : What about the Maya, or the Aztecs, or Tlaxcalans or the Incas?

agallah durse : I mean i wouldn't say they were completely peaceful as portrayed, The Aztecs would force smaller tribes to pay tribute or they would get sacrificed to Huitzilopochtli, the Inca conquered many many people, and many northern tribes in what is now the united states and canada skinned people and had slaves as well.

T Jex. : Didnt the black pague killed half the population of europe *before* they discovered the americas

The Real Palleh : To bad they don't give real numbers. Give us population per square mile, give us percentage living in settled areas, give us seizes of these settled areas, give us technological, and sociological achievements in comparison to the rest of the world. I hate this whole bend of "oh yeah, America was amazing, and perfect, and invaders ruined it all" by doing the same thing the other side did, and sweeping anything negative under the rug. I really want Adam to go back to what he originally did, and give all of the information, plainly, from both sides. It disgusts me what this turned into when it gained a political agenda.

Fexri Mirzeyev : Until Europeans came

Eddy Parra : Weren't horses introduced to the Americas? (I'm pointing it out because of the horse noise around the beginning)

Noah Partic : It's good to hear from you again Adam.

Vengefultwinky : Oh sure they traded, tell me did they not go to war too? I'm sure they had amazingly serious reasons. And women and children obviously had rights when their tribes were invaded. The noble savage is a fallacy and the idea that colonizing America from tribes who did so to each other is not a reason for guilt. At the time force was means for expansions, equally used by all peoples, some did it better than others and we have iPhones today because of it. I'm pretty happy the people who had the enlightment spread the ideology as far and wide as possible

Mike Riles : For starters: OF COURSE THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE. Just go back and compare the fact that 1) We're literally comparing the populations of two continents to one, 2) Europe was more densely populated while Native tribes were spread out, and 3) these people formed ancient cities, such as Norte Chico, Tenochtitlan, etc., that were comparable in size and organization to some European cities. Also, don't forget to mention that, yes, the Native Americans traded with their tribes, but it wasn't all peace. They, just like every other civilization on Earth, warred with its neighbors over disagreements, land for settling, land for cultivation, and so on.

Oliver Von Vert : 0:35 Why is there a horse neighing. Didnt horses get first imported with europeans?

Wheatboi : I've argued with right wingers who try to justify the slaughter of the native americans by pointing out that they warred with each other and thus we didn't do anything they weren't doing to each other. I point out that we warred we each other during the civil war and asked if another civilization would be justified in wiping us out as well because of it. But, according to them, when white people in fight it doesn't justify or excuse their extermination. Only when brown people do it. ;)

MarcusDarkstar : They fail to mention the apocalyptic population decline that happened prior to Colonists going to America. It was like a fallout end of the world type situation where majority of them died to disease and other disasters. People like to attribute the decline of the native Americans a bit too much on colonist actions when the biggest contributor happened before extensive colonization happened. It's honestly not talked about enough. Imagine your civilization collapsing then foreigners coming in to settle your devastated homeland.

Ronnie Hopper : Also that Native American that's talking looks awful black

Chris Zegarra : Why just show the positive? Like every time they do an episode on the white man and/or American lives or politics, it’s “they cheated this, they killed that, they stole this”. How about talk about the human sacrifices of the natives, constant tribal warfare, lack of technological advancement, etc. ofc there was good things of natives too but this shows to glorify

Daniel Mears : What people never want to address is the fact that conquest has been a legitimate form of land transfer since the dawn of time; people try to pretend we've advanced so far beyond the brutality of war but we clearly have not. Did Americans take their land from the natives? Yeah, we totally did. We had superior technology. The entire history of our species is filled with instances just like this. If we as Americans were supposed to give back the land to the natives out of guilt, then France and Germany need to divide up their land and give it all to those with Gaul and Roman heritage, Spain needs to go back to the Visigoths, southern Italy and Asia Minor needs to go back to the Byzantines, and so on. Of course, even those ancient powers got their land by taking it from other nations and tribes. National defense is a thing. You can say it's brutal or unfair all you want- it doesn't change the reality that might makes right. My family includes Holocaust victims but you don't see me demanding recompense from Germany. Poland's trying that now, apparently. We'll see how much success they have...

Ulysses the courier : They were still violent people. Even more so than the europeans.

Machete Panda : Till they started running low on wood and other resources. WHAT? You think the "Great Plains" werent forests before the Native Americans? Then they started killing eachother for resources and with out proper nourishment, disease set in. By the time the European settlers came back, the numbers had dwindled to only a few hundred thousand. Its a misconception that Europeans were the cause for native Americans deaths. The Native Americans did it to eachother. European disease killing them off is another myth.

J.R. Spingly : You forgot about tribal warfare, and harsh environments killing a lot of then, and 100 mil lol, not true.

D. Mat.Zero6 : Who really has the nerve to dislike Adams content. It’s comical yet very informative; what was the last part hmmm... oh yes! It’s got the research to back it up unlike a lot of self-opinionated ppl out there who have no facts. However facts don’t prove one is correct they just prove that one is assumed correct

LinguaPhiliax : I know this is largely made for an American audience, but a lot of the things they bring up in this new series applies to Australia as well.

oriontherealironman : 0:35 They didn't have horses until they were brought here. Horses are not native to the Americas just saying lol

Evren Yungjello : Jerry? Is that you?

T Chop : Yea, most people know that. I’ve never met anyone who claims that native Americans just ran around the forest

Bobby Burgess : I didn't think that at all because I'm not racist