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First People

The segment "Rotation," is about the geologic forces 20 million years ago that pushed Santa Barbara and 4 of the Channel islands from the San Diego area to their present location, and the segment, "Arlington Man," is about the discovery of the oldest human remains in all of North America and the affirmation that it was a coastal migration (not solely the land bridge) that contributed to the peopling of North and South America. "Once Upon a Time" is a reveal of the culture of the Island Chumash, a Native American People that thrived for thousands of years on the Channel Islands. "The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island" tells the true story behind Scott O'Dell's 8 million copy best-seller Island of the Blue Dolphins, a book read by millions of Californians. 

The segment, "First Contact" is two stories, one is the voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo -- a Portuguese conquistador sailing for the Spanish -- who was looking for China but instead 'discovered' Alta California and the Channel Islands. And that was 89 years before the Pilgrims got to Plymouth Rock, meaning that America really started here. His story is intercut with the San Diego Maritime Museum's ambitious, years-in-the-making, and ultimately successful effort to build a replica of Cabrillo's flagship the San Salvador.

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