The screenplay is the result of extended research by Bosch who nevertheless observes in the film's notes that Catholics in Isabella's Spain could be burned at the stake for eating meat on "Holy Friday".
Yes, anti-Columbus people now a days, say he wasnt the first to find the new world, but it wasn't known, anymore than old stories of folklore sailors told at the local bar. When the tribe is confronted by Columbus and his troops, they tell him that other strangers came and savaged them.
As played by Gerard Depardieuhe seems huge and shaggy and dogged, just the kind of man who would get an idea in his head and refuse to surrender it.
Some days later, Columbus and the crew spot an albatross flying around the ship, before disappearing. Sailing the ocean blue … Gerard Depardieu in Conquest of Paradise.
Upon return to his home, he finds his house ablaze by Moxica and his followers, confirming his unpopularity among a certain faction of the settlers.
And it's tricky to square this with the real accounts of La Isabela as a filthy, poorly-situated camp with appalling sanitation, in which large numbers of Spaniards were ailing with tropical diseases as well as their own specially imported syphilis.
They begin to build the city of La Isabela and eventually manage to hoist the town bell into its tower, symbolising the arrival of Christianity in the New World. Columbus and his son go to Panama.
He shot his film in Costa Rica, where the Native Americans are depicted as dignified and gentle, people who inspire Columbus to wonder whether they might not be an improvement on the inbred backbiting nobles of the Spanish court. The theory that the world was round was held in intelligent circles long before Columbus was born, and ships capable of sailing across the Atlantic had been available for a long time Europeans were already rounding Africa on their way to Asia, and the Vikings preceded Columbus to North America by centuries.
Columbus meets with the queen, who grants him his journey in exchange for his promise to bring back sufficient amounts of riches in gold. Nor was he known for dressing up as the dark-haired twin of Lucius Malfoy, though watching the big goth stagger around Caribbean beaches in his sweaty black and silver doublet is quite entertaining.