Conquistadors (2000) is a BBC documentary retelling of the story of the Spanish expeditions of conquest of the Americas.
Host Michael Wood follows the route taken by Hernan Cortes (a lawyer by training, not a military man) in his 1519-1521 conquest of Mexico. Accompanied at first by just 500 men and a slave woman named Malinche, who spoke both the Aztec and Mayan languages, Cortes first encountered Montezuma’s ambassador on Easter Sunday 1519. He was, says Wood, “singlehandedly to destroy a civilization.”
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 24 November 2000.
- Running Time: 46-51 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.