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2001; 2000
Ivy (By Request)

Indigenous Always: The Legend of la Malinche and the Conquest of Mexico

Examines the life and legacy of the 16th century Indian woman known as La Malinche, who by her role in the Spanish conquest of Mexico and in giving birth to Cortes's son is a symbol of both cultural destruction and creation.
Ivy (By Request)

Cronicas Mexicas

"Don Martín Caparrós, sets foot on the shores of Veracruz, four hundred eighty-three years and four months after the historial landing of Cortéz. The object of the conqueror was the mere conquest; for Caparró it was to follow his tracks in search of a time long lost, of oxen-like cows and fandango dancers; of nearly deaf donkeys and venders of badly roasted insects; of jarocho musicians and porcelain churches, impossible languages, myths and legends, stories that chronicle a moment in history, exactly four hundred eighty-three years and four months later". -- Container.
2006; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)

The Fall of the Aztecs [electronic resource]

Series host Michael Wood lands on a small island off the coast of Mexico, where in 1519, Hernan Cortes led a band of some 500 soldiers onto the mainland and into the heart of the Aztec empire. On the shores of the Yucatan, Cortes first saw the Mayan pyramids. Wood continues west to the frontier between the Mayan and Aztec worlds. The Aztecs greeted Cortes with gifts of gold, an act that sealed their fate. Trekking over the mountains in torrential storms, Wood wonders how this small band of Spanish adventurers overthrew an empire of millions, and why the Aztec ruler Montezuma believed the Spanish were gods.
2005; 2000

Mexico [electronic resource]: Revolution and Rebirth

Before Cortes arrived in 1519, the land that would become Mexico had already seen some of the greatest leaders and warriors in human history. This program tells the story of the ancient empires that tamed the high valleys and rugged mountains.

The Conquest of Mexico

An examination of the conquest of the Aztecs by the Spaniards during the sixteenth century.
Ivy (By Request)

The Conquest of Mexico, a New Gaze [electronic resource]: The Conquest-Part 4

From the colonial hispanism, to the most adverse expressions of the indigenismo (value of the indigenous identity) in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Conquest of Mexico and its protagonists have been valuated differently through time. In this final chapter of the series, we make a journey through these expressions, appreciating the legacy left through the centuries and the symbolisms that were written in the history of Mexico, from the 16th century to the present.
2015; 2011

The Drama and Its Main Characters Part 1 [electronic resource]: The Conquest

This program, part of a series presented by Televisa and produced here by Independent Production Fund, begins the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico with its main protagonists, Hernán Cortés and Moctezuma. We hear of the similarities and weaknesses of the Spanish Empire under Carlos V and the Aztec Empire led by Moctezuma, and follow Columbus' exploratory journeys to the New World. We learn how two shipwrecked sailors chose opposite sides in the initial combats that won the invaluable translator, the Malinche, for Cortés. Spanish technology overcame the numeric odds against the Spaniards and the Aztec Empire's onerous tribute helped Cortés form alliances with subject nations, especially after the Cholula Massacre. Hear how Moctezuma made a fatal mistake as Cortés advanced towar [...]
2015; 2011

The Fall of Tenochtitlan Part 2 [electronic resource]: The Conquest

Part 2 of The Conquest, the Televisa series about the Conquest of Mexico, portrays events leading up to the fall of Tenochtitlán, capital of the Aztec Empire. Experts discuss the omens and myth of Quetzalcóatl that influenced Moctezuma's caution while dealing with the Spaniards who would have been easily defeated; and they differ on whether Moctezuma was clever to postpone attack until the Spaniards' forces were divided by the Governor of Cuba's attempt to arrest Cortés. The fatal mistake of Pedro de Alvarado in the massacre before the Templo Mayor caused the uprising of the Mexicas that resulted in Moctezuma's death and the Night of Sorrows as Spaniards and allies attempted to escape the city by night. Cortés regrouped at Tlaxcala, built ships and attacked Tenochtitlán by land and w [...]
2015; 2011

Human Sacrifice and Spiritual Conquest Part 3 [electronic resource]: The Conquest

In this chapter two different notions, on how each empire saw the world converge and yet differ in one equally important aspect for both cultures: religion. The spiritual conquest was an even more complicated task than the military conquest, where the role of the friars and humanists was pivotal in this transformative process. The permanence and merge of beliefs became the religious basis for the modern Mexicans. The third part of The Conquest series concerns the religious and philosophical differences between the Spaniards and the Mesoamerican cultures, monotheism versus polytheism, individualism versus collectivism. Historians and anthropologists also find similarities as in the concepts of body and soul, and sacrifice; but Christ's crucifixion was the ultimate sacrifice for Christ [...]
2015; 2011