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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?

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

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

Epipthedirector : My third grade history teacher has failed me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Alex Jones : Shut up Jerry

That Millionth Man : 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.

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

Notumengi : One thing, they never had horses until the europeans (specifically spanish) came, while horses did evolve in america they went extinct before ancient egypt even popped up, and no leaf erikson didnt bring horses with him.

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

crcoghill : America: the land we took and brushed the real history under the rug.

The West is the Best : There's a place in South Carolina called Crow Creek where archeologists found the horrible mutilated and scalped bodies of about 480 Men, old Women, and Children. A whole village mass murdered by another tribe. There are no bodies of young Women because they were taken as sex slaves. The Aztecs were also so good st fighting because they didn't have to farm. They made their thousands of slaves do it while they trained all day in fighting so they could capture more slaves and put down slave rebellions with ease, and blood. They also sacrifice their slaves to appease their sun god and ate their enemies corpses because they believed they could absorb their power if they did that. They even captured and sacrificed some of Cortez's Men when he came which pissed him and his men off! The Mayans would take some of their children and throw them into the mouth of a stone God they carved. The baby would fall into the the stomach of the stone God where the Mayans had lit a fire to burn the baby alive! The America's we a f*cked up place before Europe civilized it. Looks like I just ruined your video

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

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.

Corrupted Archangel : The problem with the end statement is that it ignores the fact that many tribes in the US-Canada region were nomadic, it seems to infer that most were permanent settlers when only a part of the major tribes were. Though temporary structures would be constructed by the nomadic tribes. Also the population estimate seems to be pre-Columbian exchange, which means before Old World diseases spread through the Americas, which wiped out up to 90% of the native population. So those diseases would already be on the war path before any major colonization took place due to the explorers.

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

Joel Castro : The natives were also fighting and sacrificing each other nice how you left that out, and also many were only in permanent settlements because they were puppets of larger tribes, the iroquois confederations for example was just smaller tribes being governed 2 much larger tribes

Meme_ god : 0:49 yes how did you know

Andrew Smith : Forget everything Adam said, I’m just enjoying the fact that they got the guy who voices jerry in Rick and morty to do the ignorant dude in here

chesiregirl : Is the notion of Native Americans living in organized settlements really that much of a revelation? I mean, has no one heard of the Mayans, Incans, or Aztecs? I didn't know the thing about the population, but considering the fact that the black plague wiped out at least a third of Europe's population but didn't touch the Americas because of their isolation from other continents, I'm not surprised.

Evren Yungjello : Jerry? Is that you?

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

Persian Mapper : 0:35 I'm going to have to stop you right there Adam. There were no horses in the Americas until European settlers arrived.

Maurice DelTaco : Shut up Jerry

sal ty : adams mouth really be like the amazon logo sometimes

Lara potocnik : Not to mention the great cities the Mayans and Aztechs built...

raph : Just for example the Inca or the Mayans were extremely organized and powerful just that they were weakened at the arrival of the Europeans powers and if i am not wrong the Mapuche tribe managed to openly defeat colonial powers without guerrilla tactics

NOphion Trollbringer : Well everyone shames us germans to regret everything our ancestors did. And while what we did was cruel and unacceptable I found it funny that Americans killed HALF OF A CONTINTENT and mostly get a pass. Wheres the justice in that?

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.

Jeff Wang : Yes, they oversettled the land, grew increasingly reliant on corn, and ultimately starved when their crops failed from droughts or floods. This is one of the leading hypotheses for why the Anasazi, and the people of Cahokia "disappeared" suddenly. There's another misconception for you: that Native Americans were always "in-tune with the land".

CrossoverManiac : This should be titled "Adam Ruins the Truth". Adam is the Herman Goebbels for social (in)justice warriors.

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).

Hayden Snow Productions : I was waiting for Adam to say to the narrator “I don’t give a F*** what you think, JERRY.”

Omar 91 : And the natives were peaceful souls 😌

Fake Name : Before the arrival of the Spanish in 1519 the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan was one of the largest cities in the world. A marvel of engineering built on top of a lake, enormous in size, home to around 250,000 people, a size which at that time in Europe was only rivalled by Constantinople and possibly Venice. According to Cortes, Tenochtitlan was larger than Seville and Cordoba combined, and many of the Spanish were completely in awe and wondered if they had entered a dream realm Then they found out about the human sacrifice thing and started killing every priest they could find on the grounds of heresy

Kysier : 50m-100m is the highest estimate put forward. The *TRUTH* is we do not know how many there were. Plagues and clan wars decimated the population before we ever even began an attempt at a census, and 200 years of campaigning led to too many artifacts being destroyed to retroactively estimate the population with any accuracy. *That said* most guess the most accurate number falls between 2 and 6 million, due to the ease and speed of expansion and kill records kept. Extra fact: Only 3 or 4 tribes weren't nomadic, and of those only 1 had a large static village (that we can prove). The other 2-3 may have but we have no surviving artifacts to prove so.

hunterkiller1440 : People thought Natives were like cavemen? Sometimes I wonder what they teach North Americans in schools. Down play the atrocity and use their best historical spin teams.

John Bartholf : And if the "Voyages of Discovery" had been conducted by the peoples of (what came to be known as) the Americas sailing to Europe, they still would have contracted dozens of deadly diseases, returned home, and wiped out their own population. Guns, Germs, and Steel: These people were pre-doomed by being isolated from so many plagues until it was too late.

quadro beam : One source stated this, and this source happened to be one often known for making up misconceptions in order to create attention. In fact, most experts belive the population was between 6 and 8 million, with most of those living in central and south american civilisations such as the Aztecs or Mayans rather than Native American tribes like the Sioux or Cheyenne

VT RH : Can everyone stop talking about indigenous American AND European people as a monolith please? Not everyone in Europe was trying to expand their territory and religion and kill people in the process at all times and not all natives were living in the middle of the jungle ignoring how basic aspects of the world worked. Native people were different depending of if they lived in the Great Plains, Mesoamérica (you know, the ones who lived in cities too) or the Amazon Rainforest. Can we also stop overrating Empires? Why do we measure the success of a group of people by the amount of cultures they are trying to shut down in favor of their own? Even somewhat peaceful empires had to do nasty things to continue their existence.

JoltyVappy / PinkSylveon : omfg i knew it..... FINALLY ITS TOLD. MY AUNT FINALLY HAS HER WISH.

A british aristocrat : The settlements of the natives cannot be called cities. They are settlements, but they lack features like the infrastructure of what we consider to be a "city"