This program, part of a series presented by Televisa and produced here by Independent Production Fund, begins the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico with its main protagonists, Hernán Cortés and Moctezuma. We hear of the similarities and weaknesses of the Spanish Empire under Carlos V and the Aztec Empire led by Moctezuma, and follow Columbus' exploratory journeys to the New World. We learn how two shipwrecked sailors chose opposite sides in the initial combats that won the invaluable translator, the Malinche, for Cortés. Spanish technology overcame the numeric odds against the Spaniards and the Aztec Empire's onerous tribute helped Cortés form alliances with subject nations, especially after the Cholula Massacre. Hear how Moctezuma made a fatal mistake as Cortés advanced toward Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital.