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( singing in foreign language )

Of all the words my father wrote, and there were many,

I remember these the most.

"Nothing that results from human progress

"is achieved with unanimous consent.

"And those who are enlightened before the others

"are condemned to pursue that light

in spite of others."

There was a time when the New World didn't exist.

The sun set in the west

on an ocean where no man had dared to venture,

and beyond that, infinity.

Look.

Now half of the hull has gone.

Good.

And now?

Now I only see the mast.

Close your eyes and don't cheat.

I'm watching, huh?

Open them when I tell you.

Once, I asked my father where he wanted to go,

and he replied,

"I want to travel all over the seas.

I want to get behind the weather."

Now.

It's gone.

What does that tell you?

It's round...

like this.

Round.

Come on.

( yelling )

Ha ha ha!

Good morning, father.

Take him.

( fernando ): Diego!

Kiss your brother, Diego.

I have something for you.

You will be heard at the University of Salamanca.

God, that's in a week.

That's what it says.

How did you manage it?

With some difficulty.

I had to promise them

you were not a total fool.

Marco Polo said he found earthly paradise

off the coast of China.

Do you believe this?

I believe in paradise and hell,

and I do believe that both can be earthly.

Now, let's go through this again.

Why do you wish to sail west?

To open a new route to Asia.

Asia is the richest kingdom,

the land of spices and gold.

At the moment,

there are only two ways of reaching it--

by sea, sailing around Africa.

The journey takes a year.

Or by land, but the Turks

have closed this route to all Christians.

There is a third way...

by sailing west across the ocean sea.

The distance is unknown.

It is said to be infinite.

Infinite, huh?

Superstition.

I believe the Indies

are no more than 750 leagues

west of the Canary Islands.

How can you be so certain?

The calculations of Toscanelli, Marin de Tyr,

Esdras--

Esdras is a jew.

So was Christ.

Two minutes, and you're dead.

For telling the truth?

Yes. They are burning people for less.

The men you will confront

have no emotions.

You must learn to control your passion.

Passion is something one cannot control.

You need the blessing of this commission.

If they say no,

you would have to give up, my son.

I will not give up.

Is it ambition?

We've been told lies for so long.

They said that this was flat as this table,

that monsters guard the world's edge!

I will not be told what to be afraid of.

I want to find out for myself.

I just hope your passion

will be contagious, my son.

( yelling )

Look, father.

( woman screaming )

Fernando!

( neigh )

( men chanting )

( man ): We believe in one god,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of Heaven and Earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one lord,

Jesus Christ, the only son of God...

( man ): Te arrepientes de tus pecados

en el nombre del padre, del hijo y del espiritu santo?

( speaking hebrew )

Te arrepientes de tus pecados

en el nombre del padre, del hijo y del espiritu santo?

Yes, I repent. I beseech thee

in the name of the father.

May god forgive me my s--

...et filii, et spiritus sancti.

Aaah!

Aaah!

We acknowledge one baptised before the forgiveness of sin.

We look for the resurrection of the dead.

Burnings in the square.

( woman ): Put that there.

They agreed to see me in a week in Salamanca.

If my project is accepted,

I could be gone for years.

I know.

I haven't given you much of a life.

Well, that's true.

I have a child by a man who won't marry me.

Are we going to argue?

I'd love to argue with you more often,

but you're never here.

Unfortunately, Señor Columbus,

that is precisely where our opinions differ.

You are familiar with the work of Aristotle,

Eratosthenes, Ptolemaeus?

I am, Your Eminence.

Then you cannot ignore

that according to their calculations,

the circumference of the Earth

is approximately 22,000 leagues or more,

which makes the ocean uncrossable.

But you may have found some new evidence

proving these great men of knowledge

are totally mistaken?

( laughter )

Your Excellencies are aware

of the statements of Marin de Tyr?

We are.

Then you are also aware

that his theories contradict Ptolemaeus,

that he believes the ocean to be only 750 leagues.

The Florentine, Toscanelli,

and the French Cardinal, Pierre D'ailly,

both think that Marin de Tyr

is accurate in his calculations,

and therefore that the ocean can be crossed.

( murmuring )

Silence.

Gentlemen, are we here

to examine this man's proposal or not?

Let us suppose for a moment

that Marin de Tyr is right.

Señor Columbus, how long would the voyage be?

Seven weeks. Six, during the summer months.

Marin de Tyr is wrong.

He has been corrected over the centuries

by the world's finest geographers.

Your voyage, Señor Columbus,

would take a year.

But suppose you cross this ocean

and you reach Asia.

What would Spain do then?

Trade, Your Excellency.

According to Marco Polo, the Kingdom of China

is one of the richest of the world.

Even the meanest buildings are roofed with gold.

Is that all that interests you? Gold?

No.

I will bring these people to the word of God

and make them subjects of Castile and Aragon.

Instead of a realm, Spain will become an empire.

( arojaz ) If God intended our proximity to Asia,

would he wait for you to show it to the world?

He chose a carpenter's son

to reveal himself to the world.

So you consider yourself the chosen one?

Asia can be found to the west,

and I will prove it!

( laughter and conversation )

The Treasurer of Spain honors us with his presence.

The state has its reasons to be interested

in this man's proposition, Your Eminence.

With all due respect, the judgment is ours.

Why, naturally.

Now, what if he were right?

I have always found

such independent minds dangerous.

If the man had wings,

no doubt he would return from the skies

and tell us the heavens are empty.

I would deplore the loss

of such a potential opportunity for Spain, though.

Especially over this point of geography.

It is not about geography, but about reality.

This man is a mercenary.

States have often made use of mercenaries

if it's to the benefit, the stability of Spain.

That should be as much of your concern

as it is mine.

Am I to understand

you would use your influence

to assist this heretic?

Well...

you know, Your Eminence,

the fascinating thing about power

is that what could be given so effortlessly--

can so easily be taken away.

( marchena ) "And therefore, nothing could justify

"the participation of Your Majesties

"in a venture that relies upon such feeble assumptions

"and which any man of knowledge

would take to be impractical, if not impossible."

They didn't listen.

They don't want to listen.

You mustn't despair. You must wait.

I've waited seven years!

How much longer?

If god intends you--

Damn god!

Damn all of you!

You sit concocting theories, based on what?

You never leave your gardens. Go out!

Find out what the world is about.

These don't mean anything.

They're full of assumptions!

( shouting )

Just lies!

All of them, lies!

All of them, lies!

Father?

Shh! You mustn't speak to a man doing penance.

Then what can you do?

Nothing. That's the point, Fernando.

Fernando!

Señor Columbus.

I have been looking all over Sevilla for you.

I never expected to find a sailor in a monastery.

My name is Piñzon.

Martin Alonso Piñzon.

I am a ship owner from Palos.

Is he a spy?

What is it? Are you a trappist?

Vow of silence?

Penance.

It's just my luck.

Listen. I'll do the talking.

You just nod. Agreed?

Just as I do with the wife.

The commission turned you down.

What do you expect? You're just a foreigner.

I want to help.

You wonder why I believe in you.

I'm a seaman, too.

We don't like to be told

where to go and where not to go.

I don't look like much, but I have friends,

important friends-- a banker, for example.

He finances me. His name is Santangel.

Ever heard of him?

He can get you an audience with the Queen.

She owes him money. That's how it is.

You, me, the Queen,

everybody owes somebody something.

What do you say?

Where can I meet this man?

Here. Right now.

May I ask you a question, Don Luis?

Why do you want to help me?

Faith,

hope,

charity.

But greater than all these

is banking.

( crowd yelling )

( crowd ): We repent our sins.

We repent our sins.

( crowd cheering )

Wait, señores.

Moors built Granada centuries ago.

Now we've taken it back, but it's a tragic victory.

We're losing a great culture.

( crowd cheering )

( man shouting )

I suppose there's a price to be paid

for every victory.

Isn't there, Señor Columbus?

Don Luis de Santangel to see Don Gabriel Sanchez.

Luis.

( santangel ) Señor Columbus. Señor Piñzon.

Rise. Come forward.

I should not even be listening to you

since my council has said no.

Santangel tells me you are a man of honor,

and Sanchez--you are not completely mad.

No more than the woman

who said she would take Granada from the Moors.

They believe the ocean is uncrossable,

Señor Columbus.

What did they say about Granada before today?

That it was impregnable.

I cannot ignore the verdict of my council.

Surely you can do anything you want.

How little you know.

Why should I believe in you, Señor Columbus?

May I speak freely?

You seem inclined to.

I know what I see,

someone who doesn't accept the world as it is,

who's not afraid.

I see a woman who thinks--

A woman?

Forgive me,

but you're the only queen I know.

Then that makes us equal.

You are the only navigator that I know.

How old are you, Señor Columbus?

39, Your Majesty.

And you?

I am 40.

You will be informed of our decision.

Actually, I thought you were younger than I.

The cost would be ruinous.

No more than the cost of two state banquets.

Hmm?

( laughing )

Two banquets...

for new lands and spices

and gold.

What are you saying, Sanchez?

Only that if he's right,

we have everything to gain,

and if he's wrong,

we have so little to lose.

So what did he say?

He says he demands to be made a knight

with the right to bear the golden spurs,

and that he will receive the title

Don Christopher Columbus,

which will be extended to his descendants.

So, what else?

He will be named Great Admiral of the Ocean Sea,

Viceroy of the West Indies,

Governor of all islands or lands discovered

or as will be discovered by him.

The highest titles of nobility, Your Excellency,

to an immigrant sheltered by monks.

Furthermore,

he will receive one tenth of all wealth or monies,

precious gems, pearls, metals, spices,

and other lucrative sources acquired under his jurisdiction.

( laughing )

You worry too much, Francisco.

This man will have to lower his demands,

and believe me...

he will.

Yes.

I won't!

We have considered your proposal very carefully.

It is excessive.

The responsibility is equally excessive.

If you'd consider the contract I have given you there.

No, no, no.

And I thought he was an idealist.

Idealism and ambition are not incompatible.

I have waited too long, fought too hard.

Now you expect me to take all the risks

while you take the profit? No.

Señor Columbus,

you are in no position

to bargain with me.

I'm not bargaining.

Then you are too ambitious.

And were you never ambitious?

Hmm?

Or is ambition only a virtue among nobles,

a fault for others?

If you won't accept this proposal,

we can simply find someone who will.

If you can do that, Excellency...

I'll become a monk.

( isabel laughing )

Your Majesty.

He'll become a monk.

( laughing )

It would be a pity, wouldn't it?

Call him back.

She said yes.

If I ever come back, I swear--

I'm not asking you to swear.

I don't want you to wait for me.

That's something you can't decide for me.

( praying )

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.

I am listening, my son.

Father, I have betrayed my family,

I betrayed my men,

and I betrayed you.

I lied. The journey will be longer than I said.

How long?

I'm not sure.

How could anyone know?

Could be twice the distance.

You must tell them.

You must tell your men.

If I tell them, they won't follow me.

You must trust me.

You must speak to them,

and if you don't, I will!

You are bound by an oath, father.

May god forgive you.

I believed in you.

Give me absolution.

Give me absolution, father.

Ego te absolvo. A pecatis tuis.

( praying )

( baby crying )

( women crying )

( epic music playing )

( knock on door )

Enter.

Mendez.

Sit down.

A glass of wine?

What is it, Mendez? Speak.

They wonder how you know our position

since we've lost sight of land days ago.

And what do you think, Mendez?

I know you're navigating by the stars

like the Moors do,

but I don't know how.

Take this quadrant, Mendez.

Find the North Star.

Steady yourself.

Keep the plumb line vertical.

And don't move.

A mistake of 1 degree, and we'll be off 600 leagues.

What do you read?

28.

That's it. 28th parallel,

and we'll follow it until we reach land.

How do you know that we'll find land

on the 28th parallel?

I don't.

Hey, you two lovers! Stop that!

( laughter )

( boy singing in foreign language )

Mark!

Mark 26, sir!

Mark!

Mark 27, sir!

Mark!

Mark 28!

Mark!

Mark 29!

629!

629!

629, sir.

I heard.

Captain, I don't understand.

I think I do.

We should have seen land.

We've been at sea nine weeks, Alonso.

Can't be that far.

Can't be that near.

Also, I don't like the smell of the sea around here.

Smells like a whore.

Of course it does.

That's why sailors take to the sea.

And why does that one take to the sea?

Nobody knows.

Never says a word.

Captain Piñzon requests permission to board, sir.

You misled me. You lied to me.

We are way past 750 leagues.

Six days ago, yes.

You must be mad!

Keep your voice down, Piñzon!

We are close to mutiny!

You think I don't know that?

We are lost!

The land is there.

I know it.

You don't know anything.

These are my ships. We are turning back!

And then what? Half the water is gone.

I shouldn't have listened to you!

Piñzon! Piñzon, Piñzon,

all we can do...

is go forward.

The land is there.

The land is close.

You tell them that.

You say that to them.

God doesn't want us to cross this ocean.

This voyage is cursed.

We set sail for greed.

God has abandoned us!

The voyage is cursed!

There are signs.

Juanito has the voice of an angel.

His words are blessed, Alonso.

Yours are cursed!

Every man's afraid who does something for the first time,

but those who overcome their fears

will rightly earn their rewards.

I don't know if it is god's will

that we should cross this ocean,

but I am certain

it is you who puts fear into our hearts.

We cannot be lost

as long as we keep faith in god

and in ourself!

In time,

they will talk about the courage

of the first men who crossed this ocean and returned,

and then you'll be able to say to them,

"I was on the Piñta."

"I was on the Niña and the Santa Maria."

This jacket to the first man who sights land,

and 10,000 maravedis a year for life!

I want a man aloft day and night!

Heave!

Alonso.

Don't let this wind escape us!

Secure the mainsail!

Secure it now!

Come on, to port!

You lucky bastard.

( fly buzzing )

Mendez.

Mendez!

Land.

25 fathoms!

24 fathoms!

23!

22!

21!

20!

19!

18!

17!

16!

15!

14!

13!

There.

Land ho!

Drop anchor!

( cheering )

Pull.

Pull.

Pull.

Pull.

Don Christopher.

Excelencia.

By the...

by the grace of god...

in the name of

their gracious Majesties of Castilla and Aragon...

by all the powers vested in me...

I claim this island and name it...

San Salvador.

Don Christopher.

( speaking native language )

Muskets!

No!

( speaking native language )

( speaking native language )

( fast paced drumming )

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

( laughing )

October 21st, 1492.

I think we have returned to Eden.

Truly this is how the world once was

in the beginning of time.

If the natives are to be converted to our ways,

then it will be by persuasion and not by force.

I believe no man will ever see this land again

as we do for the first time.

We come in peace and with honor.

They are not savages, so neither will we be.

Treat them as you would your own wives and children.

Respect their beliefs.

Pillage will be punished by the whip,

rape, by the sword.

You?

Utapan.

Utapan.

Columbus.

C...

c-clum...

Columbus.

Co..lum...bus.

Where did you find this?

Cuba!

Thanks.

I've got a river of gold to piss.

Here.

Is it gold?

No.

No.

No good. No.

On every island, the natives welcome us

with a great generosity and trust.

Because of our appearance,

we have been mistaken for gods...

and are treated accordingly.

Despite the compliance of the Indians,

we have not found gold in quantity,

except for the few artifacts they gave us

as a sign of their submission.

( drum beating )

( speaking native language )

( chanting in native language )

( speaking native language )

You will speak first.

Tell him we thank him for his hospitality.

He knows.

Tell him some of my men are staying here

to build a fort.

I want them to be well treated.

Tell him we'll come back, many of us.

He says, "how many?"

As many as the leaves on that tree...

and many more will follow.

Why?

To bring the word of god.

He says he has a god.

And also to bring medicine.

He said he has--

He has medicine.

Tell him we admire his people.

He knows you like his women and gold.

Piñzon is ill,

eaten up by a fever that refuses to leave his body.

We must return to Spain.

39 men have volunteered

to stay behind to build a fort.

I name it "La Navidad."

After seven months,

I haven't seen any sign of a civilization

that compares with Marco Polo's descriptions.

No cities...no bridges...

no temples roofed with gold.

The mainland still escapes me,

but I know it is there.

My ships are not filled

with the spices and gold that I was hoping for,

but this land intoxicates my senses and my soul,

and all I can think of

is to return to this untamed land,

this unexplored Eden.

This is a chance for a new beginning.

( bells chiming )

( speaking latin )

It won't be easy

to get rid of your prophet now.

On the contrary.

It seems to me

the man is preparing his own cross.

( speaking latin )

In nomine patris,

et filii,

et spiritus sancti. Amen.

Simply allow the palate

to enjoy the flavor of the tobacco.

Try it.

You say this is an Indian vice?

I certainly don't see the pleasure

that would make this a sin.

The Indians have no such word.

Have they such thoughts?

They come and go

as naked as the day god created them.

God...which god?

Nature is their god.

It's as if god and nature were one.

They see him in a leaf...

in a stone...

in a shell.

The islands are covered with trees.

( Sanchez ): Forgive me, Don Cristobal...

what about gold?

That's not the purest metal I've ever seen.

( Sanchez ) Is there more?

We are more than gratified, Cristobal.

( laughter )

Excelente.

You defend yourself well.

Mmm...for a commoner.

So...

to your second expedition, hmm?

17 ships...

and 1,500 men.

Thanks to you.

Don Christopher Columbus,

Don Francisco de Bobadilla.

He can be valuable to you.

He is very well-acquainted with our laws.

I heard that you will soon be appointing

governors for the islands,

and I thought you might consider my application.

Forgive me, Don Francisco.

Those positions have already been taken.

May I ask by whom?

By two very competent men.

I trust they are men of quality.

( Sanchez ) Francisco is qualified

for a very high administration.

Well...

we do lack notaries.

You should contact my administration.

( Sanchez ) Francisco is a judge.

Good.

We also need judges,

except there are no crimes to speak of.

I see I was mistaken.

Columbus has no need for my services.

Sanchez.

You know, you seem to have

a special talent for making enemies.

Why? Do I have so many already?

Don't you think to rise so high in so short a time

is a dangerous occupation?

We might have had a choice. I'm a mapmaker.

And now you're Lieutenant General of the West Indies.

Congratulations, Bartolome.

Giacomo just left the seminary.

He's hardly used a sword.

I've never touched a sword.

Then you'll have plenty of time to learn.

What are you complaining about?

Hmm?

You both have a chance

to live the way we can only dream of.

I never shared those dreams with you.

You refuse to help me?

To help your brother?

Are you going to desert me?

You bastard.

You always had your own way.

I have always been here to support you.

I know.

I went to Portugal--

I am the eldest!

How could we ever forget?

Haven't you said it enough?

Come on. Let me show you something.

Excellency...

it's about my son.

Yes...yes...

I most certainly will.

Yes, I certainly...

See?

Now you tell me, who can I trust?

Hmm?

We're brothers. A bloodline.

I need you... both of you.

Admiral, the horses have arrived.

Here is a magnificent pair.

Send them back!

What?

They look like mules!

( laughter )

( Columbus ): I hope you had better luck with personnel.

Who did we take on today?

30 blacksmiths, 28 halberdiers,

20 carpenters, 100 farmers,

20 miners.

Oh, and Dr. Chanca,

the royal surgeon.

Then we can count on royal health.

( laughter )

Fire!

Fire again!

Where are they?

( moxica ): Sound the advance!

Almirante.

Juanito.

Is this your new world, almirante?

If these animals wish to learn savagery,

we shall teach them.

Three heads for every life taken.

No mercy before god. Vamonos.

No, Moxica.

There will be no revenge.

These were our cousins...

our friends... our countrymen.

But you say no revenge?

We will wash this in blood, and now!

If you want to keep your head on your shoulders,

you'll do as I say.

I lost friends, too--

39 brave men who trusted me.

You want a war?

Fine.

We are 1,000.

They outnumber us by 10.

Who will you kill?

Which tribe?

We don't need to know.

Moxica...

try to remember who you are talking to.

We came here to stay,

not to start a crusade.

So we will swallow our anger,

and in the name of those who died,

we will accomplish what we came for.

Guarionex!

Guarionex!

( speaking native language )

Guarionex!

They are here.

Guarionex!

Guarionex!

Guarionex!

There.

( neighs )

( Columbus ): Guarionex!

Ricardo!

Iarcabuses!

Ipreparen!

Ask him.

What happened to my men?

( speaking native language )

Warriors come from the sea.

Caribes.

Guarionex says all fled to the hills.

When they come back,

all the Spaniards had gone.

God's mercy on them.

The monkey is lying.

Colon, you talk too much.

Here they are. We should kill them.

No.

You'll do it my way.

Tell him we will not harm his people,

even though we have the power to do it.

I'm prepared to believe him.

We'll work with his people,

and we want peace.

Ask if he understands.

He understands.

( Columbus ) will he help?

He says you know the answer.

Push!

Come on!

Come on!

Straighten up. Straighten up.

Come on!

Straighten up.

Come on, come on.

Yeah.

Hold it there.

Pull!

Pull!

Pull!

Aah!

Moxica, I need your horses.

My horse does no work.

We all have to work, Moxica.

Not my horse.

Forgive me, Moxica,

but it was your horse I was talking about.

Thank you, Moxica.

( neighs )

Now...

heave!

Heave!

Heave!

Heave!

Pull!

Heave!

Heave!

Heave!

Heave!

( chiming )

( bell chiming )

My dear sons...

in unbearable heat, we are building

the first city of the new world.

I brought the plans of a Florentine architect,

Leonardo da Vinci.

God willing, we will establish his ideal city.

We are trying to adapt to the Indian diet.

Meat is only a memory for us.

But in less than a week,

the mill will be ready to produce our first flour.

Soon we'll be eating our own bread.

Never again will I underestimate its taste...

or the simple comfort of home.

You are always in my thoughts.

As ever, your father.

You want her?

( speaking native language )

Then you can have her.

To the new world, my friend.

( moxica ): To the governor...

of the mosquitoes.

Next.

Name?

Next.

Next.

Name?

Next.

Name?

Name?

Colpa.

( speaking native language )

What... what's he saying?

He has not found any.

( speaking native language )

Why? Ask him why!

( speaking native language )

Stop him! Bring him back!

Says he hasn't found any.

( speaking native language )

He's lying.

Tell him

to put his hand on the table

like this.

( speaking native language )

Tell them...

I know they are hiding the gold from us.

Tell them this is how we treat thieves and liars.

Don Adrian, you cannot do this.

I can't?

I can.

Aah...

( Columbus ): In one act of brutality,

you have created chaos.

All the tribes are now joining forces against us.

All of that because of your criminal savagery.

Savagery is what monkeys understand.

You should have done the same

a long time ago, Don Cristobal.

Your ways,

they don't work.

You will be held in detention,

deprived of your privileges

until you're sent to Spain,

where you will be judged.

Have you anything to say?

For four years now, we are here.

We stay here four years

because we believed your promises,

but we find neither gold,

nor your earthly paradise.

You and your brothers...

you have failed...

Signore Colombo.

Don Giacomo, you must come at once!

What's happening?

In the mine! Get Don Cristobal!

Hurry! Hurry!

Cut them down.

Cut the ropes. Cut the ropes.

Moxica's right. Your ways don't work.

We have to find them.

Did you hear me?

You have to find them!

You see what they did?

You did the same to your god.

You know them?

( speaking native language )

( speaking native language )

Goohooni. Goohooni.

( flies buzzing )

( roar )

Charge!

Aah...

Stop...

( snoring )

Uh!

( screaming )

Fire!

Aah!

Aah...

( bird whistles )

Moxica.

You know what will be said

about this in Spain.

Don't you?

You are nothing.

Your bastards

will never inherit their titles.

No...

We...

we are everything.

We are immortal.

Bastard!

Iadelante!

( choking )

( crack )

Don Christopher.

I wish to return to Spain.

I have no desire to remain

in this godless place.

They are criminals.

They have a debt toward the people of Spain.

Moxica paid. They will have to pay, too.

I do not understand you, Don Christopher.

You treat Christians equally with heathen savages,

and what do you offer in return?

A new world, Buyl.

No one wants one! Only you!

Not only me! Look at these people.

They could go back to Spain

to see their families, but they stay.

They want something new, a new world.

I will be leaving on the next ship.

You may leave if you please,

but your departure will not help me

to make this place more godly.

Perhaps hope only exists in the journey, Giacomo.

At the beginning,

everything is still possible.

Every expectation, every dream.

No one expected this

to be easy, Christopher!

This is not how I imagined it to be.

Oh.

Marchena was right, Bartolome.

Paradise and hell both can be earthly.

We carry them with us wherever we go.

( distant shouting )

( wind howling )

( horse whinnying )

Come on!

Get the horses!

( chime )

( chime )

( chime )

( whinny )

( chime )

( whinnying )

( chime )

( speaking nervously in native language )

( chime )

( chime )

Utapan!

Speak to me!

You never learned

how to speak my language.

Utapan!

( chime )

( thunder )

Aah!

( Sanchez ) You, Majesty,

would wish to know the true facts

concerning the island of Hispaniola,

the activity there

of your servant Christopher Columbus,

Admiral of the Ocean Sea and governor of that island.

The truth is that he now presides over a state of chaos,

of degradation, and of madness.

From the beginning,

Columbus proved himself completely incapable

of managing the affairs of these islands.

He appointed his brothers

to very important positions, and in so doing,

injured the pride of the nobles.

He then promised to build a city--

the city of Isabel, named after Your Majesty.

It was a collection of huts, all in the wrong place,

easily swept away by the rains and mud.

He then promised gold.

Evidently not finding the easy quantities he promised,

Columbus commanded each Indian there

to pay a tax,

a monthly tribute of gold.

Most, being unable to, we find, have been punished,

have been massacred.

"Columbus forced nobility to hard labor.

"he treated them equally with Indians.

"he reduced them into his slaves.

"When the nobleman Adrian de Moxica

"protested against this treatment,

he was executed."

Is this not true, also, Brother Buyl?

Yes, Your Excellency.

It is all true. All of it.

I saw it with my own eyes.

Well, he promised a paradise.

He failed.

He must be replaced...

but immediately.

And who would you think of for such a task?

I am thinking of a man--

a man devoted to Your Majesties...

a man extremely motivated.

Excellency. I'm sorry.

Don Francisco de Bobadilla.

Yes. I remember.

My letters of appointment.

I am the new Viceroy of the Indies.

Congratulations.

Then I am free to search

for the mainland?

The mainland was discovered weeks ago

by another Italian.

Yes. Amerigo Vespucci, Excellency.

How far?

I'm not a seaman,

but it's no more than a week at sea.

I hope you're not too disappointed.

How could I be?

The mainland has been found

exactly as I said it would.

I'm afraid this is not the worst news.

( unlocking door )

( columbus' leg irons rattle )

Diego?

Father.

Fernando.

Oh, my god. Oh, my god.

A man. How did this happen?

Oh, Diego. Diego.

Don't worry.

We'll get you out of here.

Santangel is going to see the Queen.

Good.

I'll go back once I'm free.

This time with me.

In your present state,

it is madness, father.

Nobody's forcing you along.

Diego.

( Columbus ): Oh, Diego.

Rise, please.

Now, uh...

I do look older than you.

I have looked for a reason

why I should allow you to go back,

and although I tried,

I could not find one.

Help me find one.

All my life, I have dreamed

of reaching the continent.

I thought my dreams...

grandiose...

but reality was beyond my expectations.

Far beyond.

Now...

I want to explore that land...

before I die.

I allow you

to undertake another voyage.

Thank you.

But without your brothers,

nor are you to return to Santo Domingo

or any of the other colonies.

The new world is a disaster.

And the old one, an achievement?

I know. I shouldn't tolerate his impertinence.

Then why?

Because he's not afraid of me.

Huh.

Damn!

You're a dreamer.

Look out there.

What do you see?

I see towers.

I see palaces. I see steeples.

I see civilization!

And I see spires that reach...to the sky!

All of them created by people like me.

No matter how long you live, Sanchez,

there is something

that will never change between us.

I did it...

you didn't.

You're so beautiful.

I can't believe no other man

has ever taken you away from me.

They tried,

but I didn't let them.

They took everything.

Not everything.

Do you think I care?

I'm a free man again.

Riches don't make a man rich.

They only make him busier.

God. How much I've missed you.

By the grace of god and your beneficent majesty,

a new continent has now been found

and claimed in the name of the Spanish crown

in the year 1492.

As Your Majesty is well aware,

the University of Salamanca has always defended

the theory of the existence of unknown territories

to the west.

The surest route to the new continent

has now been firmly established

west by southwest for 750 leagues

to Santo Domingo.

From there, west, northwest,

leaving San Juan to the north

reaching the island of Hispaniola

on the northern cape of San Raphael.

Then on to the mainland

at the cape called Gracias a Dios.

Spain, by Your Majesty's grace,

has now confirmed for all humanity

the existence of a new world--

terra incognita.

This continent was first discovered

by a mariner commissioned by Your Majesty.

His name...

Amerigo Vespucci.

Sanchez.

What a tragedy.

What a waste of a life.

A waste?

If your name or mine is ever remembered, Arojaz,

it will only be because of his.

It's Diego.

He's at the court with Santangel.

They hope to restore

your privileges and the house.

But how is he?

Diego is thinking of starting

a pearl trade in Santo Domingo.

He says he received many letters for you,

mostly from your men.

He sent some of them.

This one is from Mendez.

Ah, Mendez. What does he say?

He asks when he can come to visit you.

He left his address.

Ha. He never had one, except aboard my ships.

I want you to tell me everything you remember.

I wouldn't know where to start.

Tell me the first thing

that comes to your mind.

Hmm...

I remember...

( singing in latin )

The Description of 1492: Conquest of Paradise