Texas History Topics

Indigenous Texas and Exploration

Cultures and Contacts

Texas was inhabited long before Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Native Americans such as the Caddo and Karankawa built complex cultures and thriving communities. The arrival of European explorers changed their lives and the course of Texas history.


In these interactive videos, explore the cultures, contacts, and explorations of early Texas.

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Click the three-line menu icon in the red playlist title bar to see the video selections. Click the title of the video you want to watch and click the play button.


To watch the video in full screen, click the settings wheel gear in the lower right corner of the video. Then click the open box icon at the far left to expand to full screen.