History of Native Americans before conquest. In a nutshell.
Twenty thousand years ago, there was an ice age.
PALEO INDIANS: I’ve got a brilliant idea! Let’s walk across a giant snowy land bridge to reach a continent that we don’t even know exists!
Eight thousand years and a heck of a lot of frozen Paleo-Indians later…
PALEO INDIANS: Oh no! Global warming is killing off the wooly mammoths. After all, their being dead must have nothing to do with the fact that we’ve been slaughtering and eating them for eight thousand years. We’d better start an agricultural revolution and grow vegetables.
Native America started making tons of impressive cities, presumably to attract European tourists. Ironically, the Anasazis “mysteriously” disappeared just before the Europeans arrived. Yep. The Europeans just missed them. Totally a coincidence. No potential mass murder here…
According to the textbook, the Aztecs “an aggressive, warlike people” conquered a bunch of cities and “ruled by force”. The book goes on to say that “before the arrival of white settlers, Indian wars were seldom very lethal,” leading us all to wonder how violent a group has to be for the textbook writers to consider them lethal.
A few years later, Columbus attempted to sail off the edge of the world, but being the incompetent sailor that he was, missed and ended up in the Bahamas. He called the people Indians, paving the way for political correctness complications everywhere.