Since the sixteenth century, we have been persuaded that it was not just superior Spanish weaponry but mental, cultural and moral supremacy that allowed a few hundred heroic Spaniards to triumph over vast armies of barbaric Amerindians.
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Complementary to the recent television series in which Michael Wood travelled the routes taken through South and Central America by Cortes, Francisco and Gonzalo Pizzaro, and Amazon journey of Orellana, his concise visualisation and description of the destructive schemes, actions and violence of the Conquistadors, the suffering of their bearers, the impact of smallpox and the breathtakingly beautiful terrain of the Peruvian landscape, make this audio informative and satisfying in its own right. (4 cassettes. Running time 6 hours.) --Lyn Took