The story tells of Hernan Cortes' journey to the Americas in search of Aztec gold. Moctezuma welcomes Cortes to Tenochtitlan, despite not knowing whether he is a god, a friend or enemy.

First broadcast:
25 September 2007

After watching the clip, pupils should be able to decide why Moctezuma was so uncertain what to do with Cortes and the Spanish arriving at his capital city. Pupils could then research both the Spanish and Aztec Empires and decide why the two Empires were on a collision course. What did the Aztecs have that the Spanish wanted? And how were the tiny Spanish force able to destroy the mighty Aztec Empire? What happened to both men after this meeting? And when were the Spanish finally forced out of what had been the Aztec Empire?