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Spanish Colonization Movies & TV

Sacred City of the Mayan Indians (1936)

This movie short is, perhaps, the first documentary film about the Chichicastenango region of Guatemala, the center of a once flourishing Mayan civilization.

Captain from Castile (1947)

Actor Cesar Romero stars as Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez in this Hollywood adventure about the exploratory expedition that turned violent.

The Fountain (2006)

Actor Fernando Mernandez stars as a Mayan priest and the guardian of the Tree of Life in this film about the quest for eternal life and love.

Cabeza de Vaca (1991)

This award-winning film about 16th century Mexico traces the life of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a survivor from a Spanish expedition who joins the Iguase Indian tribe only to be confronted later by his own people, Spanish conquistadors determined to enslave his adoptive clan.

The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1968)

The Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro is the focus of this Hollywood production about the conquest of the Inca empire.

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