"Burn The Ships" (Part 2)


It turns out the legend of Cortez burning the ships was actually found to be inaccurate. Cortez didn’t just burn the ships to prevent the option of retreat. He actually ran his ships into ground and many of them were broken and disabled before he set them ablaze.

While the moral of the story is a powerful theory for success, in this instance there could have been dire consequences for the Spanish invaders with no option for retreat. While there are times it makes sense to take the risk, burn the ships, and fully commit, there are other times when doing so is foolhardy.

How do we discern which is which?