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Columbus and the Age of Discovery
Sword and Cross, The
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Seven part documentary series which chronicles Christopher Columbus' voyage and the age in which he lived. Explores the ramifications of European exploration on both their own cultures and that of the indigenous populations. An international co-production kicking off the 500th anniversary of the first voyage of Columbus. Series filmed on location in Argentina, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ghana, Egypt, England, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United States and Venezuela. Featuring Mauricio Obregon as the principal on-camera Columbus expert. Narrated by Will Lyman. Series release date: 10/1991

Program Description

The Americas evolved from the new blend of peoples, diseases, motives, and attitudes brought about by Columbus and those who followed him. The interests of the conquistadors and the church and how they affected the indigenous population are explored.



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Chicago: “Columbus and the Age of Discovery; Sword and Cross, The,” 10/10/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_410160B2C6D5421EBF460A1F35D8D27B.
MLA: “Columbus and the Age of Discovery; Sword and Cross, The.” 10/10/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 18, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_410160B2C6D5421EBF460A1F35D8D27B>.
APA: Columbus and the Age of Discovery; Sword and Cross, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_410160B2C6D5421EBF460A1F35D8D27B
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