“We came to serve God and get rich” — Bernal Diaz
“Behold this torch which we will light and place between our armies. If you do not make haste and retreat before the torch is burned, you will die. We do not want you as guests.” — Maya warning to the Spaniards in 1518
“Do not lose your soul for the sake of an Indian woman” — Geronimo de Aguilar to Gonzalo Guerrero
In the 1500s, two highly militaristic peoples fueled by religious ideologies requiring bloodshed clashed with one another. This is the tale of what happened when a band of Spaniards run into the Mexica (Aztec) empire. By the time the dust will settle, out of the 25 million indigenous inhabitants of Mexico, little over a million will be left standing.
In this first episode:
The development of Mesoamerican civilizations leading up to the Mexica
An unfortunate misunderstanding between the Mexica and their neighbors involving a flayed princess
The toughest mercenaries in the Valley of Mexico
Serving the God of War
A ballgame to settle a dispute on the meaning of creepy omens
The Cordoba expedition
The Grijalva expedition
Pedro de Alvarado and his gangsta rap taste in jewelry
Hernan Cortes and his playboy ways
If you drop out of law school, at least conquer an empire
The ballad of Gonzalo Guerrero
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This October, they will be time-traveling to Feudal Japan and the battlefields of Sekigahara…Join them as they watch Kendo, Kyudo, Iaido, and sword making demonstrations at the Seki Cutlery Festival, visit the most famous Japanese medieval castles, hike through spectacular natural landscapes and of course visit the Sekigahara re-enactment festival where you will see samurai walking the streets in full armor and battling in a commemoration of that singular battle of 1600.
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