Explorers

By Matt Breen

On Going since Oct 2016 • Updated monthly

Explorers takes an in depth look at history's greatest explorers.

All Episodes

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 14 Nov 2017

Part 4 in our series on Christopher Columbus details his exploration of Cuba and Jamaica, plus his subjugation of Hispaniola.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 02 Nov 2017

Christopher Columbus heads to the New World for a second voyage. This time he has 17 ships and more than 1,200 men. The object is to establish a viable commercial enterprise in this newly discovered land.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 05 Oct 2017

Christopher Columbus sets off on his historic first voyage - one that would become the most important voyage of discovery in history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 19 Sep 2017

Christopher Columbus tries to secure backing for an expedition to cross the Atlantic in a daring attempt to reach Asia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 08 Sep 2017

Francisco de Orellana heads down the Amazon River in a desperate bid to return to civilization.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 08 May 2017

Francisco de Orellana and Gonzalo Pizarro head over the Andes in search of El Dorado - the City of Gold. Instead, they only find death, forcing Orellana to begin a desperate 4,000 mile journey down the Amazon to reach safety.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 70 Minutes 25 Apr 2017

Zheng He commands the legendary Chinese Treasure Fleet, which sailed the Indian Ocean in the 15th century. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 20 Feb 2017

Étienne Brûlé, the most famous of the Coureur de bois, explores the lands around the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 09 Feb 2017

In one of the greatest journeys of survival - and exploration - ever recorded, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a 2,500 mile trek across Mexico in a bid to return to Spanish territory.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 02 Feb 2017

Stranded and alone in modern day Texas, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a remarkable eight year struggle to return home.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 24 Jan 2017

Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez heads to Florida in search of gold - only to find lots and lots of misery.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 12 Jan 2017

Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias becomes the man to round the southern tip of Africa.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 09 Jan 2017

Mungo Park returns to West Africa with a large expedition, determined to map the Niger River and find the city of Timbuktu. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 30 Dec 2016

Scottish explorer Mungo Park ventures into West Africa to find the Niger River and the legendary city of Timbuktu. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 08 Dec 2016

Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing for England, becomes the first European to land in North America since Leif Erikson.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 01 Dec 2016

The father and son duo of Erik the Red and Leif Erikson found the colony of Greenland, and become the first Europeans to arrive in North America.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 58 Minutes 24 Nov 2016

Zebulon Pike sets off into the Louisiana Territory. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 13 Nov 2016

American explorers, including Zebulon Pike, set out to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 05 Nov 2016

Balboa sets off to find the mysterious sea on the other side of the mountains. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 31 Oct 2016

Balboa and the Spanish quest for gold leads him to establish the first permanent European colony in the Americas. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 22 Oct 2016

Juan Sebastián Elcano takes the reins of the fleet as they try and finish the circumnavigation of the world.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 16 Oct 2016

Magellan and the Armada de Molucca set sail across the Pacific in search of the Spice Islands. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 09 Oct 2016

Magellan sets sail for South America to find the strait that will take him to the Western Sea. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 01 Oct 2016

We take a look at the background that led Magellan to undertake his expedition to the Spice Islands, including the rejection by his native land, Portugal. He then must navigate the intrigue of the Spanish court to assemble his fleet - the Armada de Molucca.. . .

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