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    • All the World is Human
      All the World is Human
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Their North American conquest not having gone as planned, 400 conquistadors fled to Mexico. Most vanished, but among those who washed up alive on the shores of Texas was Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. This episode tells the story of the Spaniard who came to identify with the native peoples of the New World.moreless
    • The Search for El Dorado
      The Search for El Dorado
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      In 1541, Francisco Orellana and 60 of his men split from Gonzalo Pizarro's expedition and began a journey of their own, traveling the length of the Amazon River. Beginning his journey in Quito, Ecuador, Michael Wood tells the tale of an expedition that revealed unknown empires and vast native populations.
    • The Conquest of the Incas
      The Conquest of the Incas
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Michael Wood traverses the Andes to tell the story of how an empire that extended from Ecuador to Chile was both "discovered" and destroyed by conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his men. Roving from glacier to rain forest, the historian uses Inca accounts to tell the tale of their resistance to the Spaniards.moreless
    • The Fall of the Aztecs
      The Fall of the Aztecs
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Michael Wood tells the story of the gambler and womanizer -- Hernán Cortés -- who brought down the Aztec empire. Tracing the explorer's journey from Spain to the Mayan pyramids of the Yucatán, the tropical forests of Tabasco and finally to Mexico City, Wood reveals how Cortés toppled Montezuma and his people.moreless