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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 are mainly going to cover written history. That means we start with the first sustained European settlement in North America, and that means the Spanish. 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 did not get along with the indigenous people.