The European colonization and conquest of the Americas is typically seen as a unidirectional “discovery” of the New World. The reality is different as shown in the documentary “When Worlds Collide”, which premiered on most PBS stations yesterday. “What's really gone on is that there's been an ongoing negotiation between the two sides, and it's still going on,” said author Ruben Martinez to the Los Angeles Times regarding his work on the film.
“When Worlds Collide” attempts to analyze how the initial interactions between Spanish conquistadors and native peoples served as the genesis for the mestizo culture in the Americas. This ambitious film also looks at the multifaceted nature of Latin American identity such as the clip below that describes how the social caste system failed in the Americas:
Please check your local listings for future airings of “When Worlds Collide”.
Online Sources- PBS, Los Angeles Times, YouTube