This documentary on the Conquistadors reveals the story of the Spanish excursions that subjugation of the Americas. In this 4-part series Michael Wood (historian) journeys in the footpaths of the Spanish voyages, from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the desserts of North Mexico to the elevations of Macchu Picchu.
The Spanish invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century was one of the most catastrophic incidents in antiquity. Spanish excursions had to experience the most astonishing adversities to unlock the domains of the New World. Only some stories, if any, in times past equals these for pure drama, tenacity and expanse traveled.
The Spanish had made numerous journeys to the nearby Yucatan in 1517 and had returned with phenomenal accounts of a high-cultured Mayan society and golden treasures.