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Latin America: Spears, Jaguars and Eagles

Latin America: Spears, Jaguars and Eagles

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Summary

The Spanish colonisation of the Americas depicted in poems and journals by the Aztecs, Incas and other indigenous peoples, and in the writings of the invading European Conquistadors. Read by Spanish actor Enrique Arce. Brazilian born actress Thalissa Teixeira reads reads from Camilla Townsend's acclaimed new history of the Aztecs. Trad Nahuatl: Nothing but Flowers. Christopher Columbus trans. JMCohen: extract from The Four Voyages. Scarlet Macaws: Pascale Petit. Bernal Diaz trans. JM Cohen: Early Next Day - Extract from The Conquest of New Spain. Trad Nahuatl: The City is Spread out in Circles of Jade. Camilla Townsend: The Frightened Girl - Extract from Fifth Sun. Bernal Diaz trans. JM Cohen: The great Montezuma - Extract from The Conquest of New Spain. Mills, Taylor, Graham: You Have Told Us That We Do Not Know - Extract from Colonial Latin America. Garcilaso de la Vega trans. HV Livermore: The Royal Commentaries of the Incas. Bartolome de la Casas: A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Camilla Townsend: The Walls of the Adobe Houses - Extract from Fifth Sun. Juan Battista: There Was More Raging and Shouting - Extract from the Annals of Juan Batista. Bernal Diaz trans. JM Cohen: As There Was Such a Stench - Extract from The Conquest of New Spain. Bernardino de Sahagún: The Smell of Burning Bodies - Extract from the Florentine Codex. Bernal Diaz trans. JM Cohen: Many Interested Readers - Extract from The Conquest of New Spain. Camilla Townsend: The Quill - Extract from Fifth Sun. Nezahualcoyotl: Flowers Are Our Only Garments. With music from Mexican guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bolivian singer and champion of indigenous rights Luzmila Carpio, who sings in the Andean Quechua language, and the Afro-Colombian group Sexteto Tabalá.

Cast & Crew

Reader Enrique Arce
Reader Thalissa Teixeira
Producer Ruth Thomson
Music