Cinema: Pop and Circumstance

As the historian Prescott tells it, Pizarro drew his sword and "traced a line with it on the sand from East to West. Then, turning towards the South, 'Friends and comrades!' he said, 'on that side are toil, hunger, nakedness, the drenching storm, desertion, and death; on this side ease and pleasure. There lies Peru with its riches; here, Panama and its poverty. Choose, each man, what best becomes a brave Castilian. For my part, I go to the South.'" It was an epic moment, one of the many, in fact, that The Royal...

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