Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Shakey History

I spent the day writing a segment about the Spanish Conquest for this tv thingamajiggy I'm doing. It's a subject I know about as well as any American 12th grader (or Mexican three-year-old), but you know what they say about journalism: the great ones play through the stupid. In the end I might just run eight or nine minutes of "Cortez the Killer".

I can tell you from my own research that most historians dispute Young's assertion that Cortes "come dancin' across de water, mon," believing instead that he took a boat of some sort, and did not have a Jamaican accent.

One thing they all agree on though, is that it's not spelled with a "z".


Anonymous said...


Another great version is Dave Matthews with Warren Haynes for the Central Park concert.


Anonymous said...


Burro Hall said...

And the video's better, too. Okay, we'll run that one instead. But you're not getting a producer credit, so don't ask.