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500 Nations

500 Nations

CBS 1995

500 Nations is an eight part documentary which explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times, through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations relies on historical texts, eyewitnesses accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of the Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of 500 Nations

#1 - Disc 1

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Season 2 - Episode 1

Episode 1: Wounded Knee Legacy and the Ancestors The series begins "where our story ends" with eyewitness accounts of Wounded Knee. The Ancestors next offers excerpts from Native American Creation stories, then explores three early North American cultures, including the 800-room Pueblo Bonito in the arid southwest, the Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde and Cahokia, the largest city in the U.S. before 1800. Episode 2: Mexico A history of the native nations of Mexico from pre-Columbian times, through the period of European contact and colonization, including the rise and fall of the Toltecs and the growth of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 0 votes.

#2 - Disc 2

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Season 2 - Episode 2

Episode 3: Clash of Cultures As Native nations defy a plundering advance of Spanish expeditions in the Caribbean and what will become the southeastern United States, two undefeatable attacks, muskets and disease, cause thousands of deaths. Episode 4: Invasion of the Coast Tensions rise as more foreigners arrive in North America, and affect the lives of native peoples. At Jamestown, the story of the Powhatan princess, Pocahontas, unfolds. Thanksgiving at Plymouth leads to a bloody colonial Indian war in 1675.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 0 votes.

#3 - Disc 3

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Season 2 - Episode 3

Episode 5: Cauldron of War European powers fight to control American resources, turning native homelands into a Cauldron of War. Many indigenous nations side with France, but when the defeated country leaves its native allies vulnerable, a determined leader, Pontiac (person), rises to prominence. Episode 6: Removal Being forced to follow the Trail of Tears displaces Native Americans even though they adopt American ways. Shawnee leader Tecumseh sparks a return to traditional ways but The Indian Removal Act is enforced in 1830. Many stoically accept; others resist.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 0 votes.

#4 - Disc 4

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Season 2 - Episode 4

Episode 7: Roads Across the Plains Lifestyles of native peoples of the Great Plains end as American settlers destroy huge buffalo herds. Though native leaders pursue peace, they are massacred at Sand Creek. The massacre provokes severe repercussions. Episode 8: Attack on Culture Legislative attacks on native ways included the disbanding of communal land. Today, native cultures are allowed to renew, and to remember the lifestyles of America's original people, and the hardships they endured.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 0 votes.

#5 - The Ancestors: Early Cultures Of North America

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Season 1 - Episode 1

This volume takes a look at the massacre of the Sioux at Wounded Knee then flashes back to examine societies of Native Americans prior to the arrival of European settlers.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 4 votes.

#6 - Cauldron of War: Iroquois Democracy and the American Revolution

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Season 1 - Episode 5

Hostilities between Native Americans and European settlers erupt across the eastern part of the continent as the colonists prepare for revolution. Pontiac's siege of Detroit and the splintering of the Iroqois Confederacy are examined.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 1 votes.

#7 - Removal: War and Exile in the East

7.00

Season 1 - Episode 6

After Tecumseh's Shawnee people side with the British in the War of 1812, President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, forcing all tribes to move into "Indian Territory," along the famed trail of tears.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 1 votes.

#8 - Roads Across the Plains: Struggle for the West

7.00

Season 1 - Episode 7

The twin gold rushes in California and Colorado bring hordes of settlers into the Western Territories where such Native American leaders as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and the Kiowa chief Satanta organize futile resistance.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 1 votes.

#9 - Attack on Culture: 'I Will Fight No More Forever'

7.00

Season 1 - Episode 8

The Indian resistance of the late 19th-century is examined, including Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, the Apache leader Cochise and Geronimo, who surrenders and is imprisoned into the 20th-century. The government-mandated suppression of Native American culture culminates in the massacre at Wounded Knee, bringing the series full circle.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 1 votes.

#10 - Mexico: The Rise and Fall of the Aztecs

7.50

Season 1 - Episode 2

The rise and fall of the Aztec Empire is examined from their defeat of the Toltec regime to Cortez' ultimate conquest of the Aztecs and all of Mexico.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 2 votes.

#11 - Clash of Cultures: The People Who Met Columbus
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Season 1 - Episode 3

Columbus' arrival and the subsequent defeat of the Caribbean tribes are chronicled, along with De Soto's destruction of the Southeast tribes such as the Coosa and the Mobile nation.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 2 votes.

#12 - Invasion of the Coast: The First English Settlements
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 4

An examination of the Native Americans of New England and their experiences with the British who settled at Jamestown and Plymouth. Includes background to the first Thanksgiving.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of 500 Nations from 2 votes.

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