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From prehistoric Mexican desert campsites to the ancient city of Tenochtitlan to the heights of Machu Picchu, host Michael Wood retraces the footsteps of 16th-century Spanish adventurers.
The program reconstructs their epic journeys and chronicling the devastating effects they had on the Aztec and Inca empires and other indigenous states. Covering figures such as Cortes, Pizarro, Cabeza de Vaca, and others, this dynamic documentary uses conversations with historians and local peoples to help students relive the cataclysmic effects of the conquests and understand their impact on history, civilization, and human rights.
7 and up
Color and black-and-white