The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the 16th century was one of the most cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions had to endure the most unbelievable hardships to open up the lands of the New World. Few stories, if any, in history match these for the sheer drama, endurance and distance covered.
In Conquistadors, Michael Wood travels in the footsteps of some of the greatest of the Spanish adventurers from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. He experiences first hand the reality of epic journey's such as Hernan Cortes and Francisco and Gonzalo Pizarro and explores the turbulent and terrifying events surrounding the Spanish conquest of the Aztech and Inca empires, as well as Orellana's discovery of the Amazon and Cabeza de Vaca's extraordinary journey across America to the Pacific. In Peru, as in Mexico, the Conquistadors swept away the indigenous states, subjugating the native people, destroying their religion and culture.
Michael Wood brings histroy alive as he relates this story of conquest, heroism and greed and shows us how the Conquistadors have changed the way that we see the world, in terms of history and civilization, justice and human rights.
2001, 240 min, English.