Conquistadors (2000): S01E03 – The Search for El Dorado


Conquistadors (2000) is a BBC documentary retelling of the story of the Spanish expeditions of conquest of the Americas.


Historian Michael Wood takes up “The Search for El Dorado” as he traces (at times by foot and raft) the first journey by Europeans down the Amazon in 1541-42. That journey (“less of a journey, more of a miracle,” one survivor wrote) was led by Gonzalo Pizzaro and Francisco de Orellana, and it began in Quito, Ecuador, on the other side of the Andes. They were searching for a mystical gold-filled kingdom and offered the natives they encountered their diseases in return. Says Wood: “The impact of the white man was cataclysmic in Amazonia.”

Conquistadors Series

You can find a full index and overview of Conquistadors here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 08 December 2000.
  • Running Time: 46-51 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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