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 0 Minutes 23 Oct 2020

In part 4 of our series on Marco Polo, we take the Venetian explorer along the eastern coast of China, following the extraordinary Grand Canal. For this journey, Marco will visit some of the most wondrous - and populace - cities in the world, including Hangzhou - the City of Heaven. Website and resources: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: 10 American Presidents Podcast: http://www.10usp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 Oct 2020

In part 3 of our series on Marco Polo, we do a dive into the Mongol World, including a look at the Kublai Khan. We then take Marco on his a trek to the most remote corners of China. History Hack Interview: https://historyhack.podbean.com/e/231-history-hack-historys-greatest-explorers/ https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/map4.png Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Sep 2020

Marco Polo and his family travel the Silk Road to reach the court of the legendary Kublai Khan. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/map3.png People and Places Marco Polo – Venetian merchant and explorer Niccolò Polo – Father of Marco Polo Maffeo Polo – Brother of Niccolò, uncle of Marco Kublai Khan – Emperor of the Mongol Empire Khanbaliq – Capital of Mongol Empire (modern-day Beijing) Hormuz – Port at entrance of Persian Gulf Badakshan – City on Silk Road located in modern-day Uzbekistan Khotan – City in western China (today called Hotan) Shazhou – City on edge of Gobi Desert (today called Dunhuang) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Sep 2020

In part 1 of our series, we first take a look at the journey of Marco's father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, who traveled to China and met the great Kublai Khan. We then follow the Polo family as they prepare for a return mission into the heart of the Mongol Empire. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/polo-map1a.png People and Places Marco Polo - Venetian merchant and explorer Niccolò Polo - Father of Marco Polo Maffeo Polo - Brother of Niccolò, uncle of Marco Kublai Khan - Emperor of the Mongol Empire Teobaldo Visconti - Papal Legate in Acre - later Pope Gregory X Venice - City State in Italy. Home of the Polos Constantinople - Former capital of the Byzantine Empire Acre - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Israel Ayes - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Turkey Khanbaliq - Capital of Mongol Empire (modern-day Beijing) Bukhara - City on Silk Road located in modern-day Uzbekistan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Sep 2020

In the conclusion of our series, Brazza spends more than a decade as an administrator in Africa. He will then return to the Congo one final time, in 1905, to investigate the accusations of abuses against the native peoples. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe5.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Congo River - River in central Africa. Livingstone Falls - 220 mile stretch on the Congo filled with rapids and waterfalls. Impassable for most river craft. Malamine Camara - Senegalese marine who would be Brazza's most trusted and capable comrade. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first and second expedition to Africa. Charles de Chavannes - Friend and colleague of Brazza's in Africa. Thérèse de Chambrun - Wife of Brazza. Libreville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Francheville - Outpost established by Brazza at the confluence of the Ogowe and Passa rivers. Brazzaville - Outpost established by Brazza at the top of Livingstone Falls. Opposite the city of Leopoldville (now Kinshasha). Alima River - Tributary of the Congo. Controlled by the Bobangi people. Passa River - Tributary of the Ogowe. Location of Francheville. King Leopold II of Belgium - Monarch who wanted to take control of the Congo basin. Henry Morton Stanley - African explorer and journalist. Had crossed the continent and mapped the Congo River. Makoko - Important Bateke chief who would sign treaty with Brazza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 Aug 2020

In part 3 of our series, Brazza returns to Africa, where he will establish two outposts, including one on the Congo River. In the process, he will thwart many of the plans of King Leopold II of Belgium, who wants to make the entire Congo basin his own personal colony. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe5.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Congo River - River in central Africa. Livingstone Falls - 220 mile stretch on the Congo filled with rapids and waterfalls. Impassable for most river craft. Malamine Camara - Senegalese marine who would be Brazza's most trusted and capable comrade. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first and second expedition to Africa. Libreville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Francheville - Outpost established by Brazza at the confluence of the Ogowe and Passa rivers. Malebo Pool - aka the Pool and Stanley Pool. Lake located at the top of Livingstone Falls. Brazza would establish a post here, which would eventually become Brazzaville. Alima River - Tributary of the Congo. Controlled by the Bobangi people. Passa River - Tributary of the Ogowe. Location of Francheville. King Leopold II of Belgium - Monarch who wanted to take control of the Congo basin. Henry Morton Stanley - African explorer and journalist. Had crossed the continent and mapped the Congo River. International African Association - Organization established by King Leopold to help him gain control of central Africa. Makoko - Important Bateke chief who would sign treaty with Brazza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Aug 2020

In part 2 of our series, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza conducts his first African expedition up the Ogowe River. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe3.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Antoine-Alfred Marche - Naturalist on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Victor Hamon - Naval officer who would be the quartermaster on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Libraville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Lambarene - Town on the Ogowe River. Home to Chief Renoke. Renoke - Chief of the Enenga tribe. Enenga - A tribe living along the Ogowe River around the town of Lambarene. Okanda - A tribe living along the Ogowe River. Duma - A tribe living along the Ogowe River. Alima River - Tributary of the Congo. Controlled by the Bobangi people. Passa River - Tributary of the Ogowe. Louis de Montaignac - French admiral who would help Brazza gain admittance into the naval academy. Henry Morton Stanley - African explorer and journalist. Had crossed the continent and mapped the Congo River. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Jul 2020

In the first part of our series on Italian-born Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, we take a look at the world of Central Africa circa 1875, including the institution of slavery, and scramble by European powers to explore - and claim the continent. Brazza goes from the son of an Italian noble family, to being an officer in the French navy. He will then prepare to lead an expedition into the African interior - at the age of only 23. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ogowe1.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Louis de Montaignac - French admiral who would help Brazza gain admittance into the naval academy. Libraville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Antoine-Alfred Marche - Naturalist on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Victor Hamon - Naval officer who would be the quartermaster on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 Jul 2020

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  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Jul 2020

In 219 BCE, Xu Fu, a Chinese explorer and alchemist, would set out in search of the elixir of life for Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Instead, legend says he discovered Japan - and maybe even became the island's first emperor. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/xu-fu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/explorerspod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/explorerspod/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 06 Jul 2020

In the final super-sized episode (part 8) of the Burke and Wills Expedition, we take a look at the fate of John King – the last unaccounted for member of the VEE. We then cover the aftermath of the expedition, and look at the legacy of Burke and Wills and Victorian Exploring Expedition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 Jun 2020

In Part 7 of our series, Burke, Wills and King make a desperate stab at making for Mount Hopeless. While much closer than Menindee, the three men do not know the way or have accurate directions. Meanwhile, Wright and Brahe meet up, and make for the depot at Cooper's Creek. In Melbourne, the calls for a search party grown louder and louder with each passing week. People and Places Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE) William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. Hermann Beckler – German doctor and botanist. Ludwig Becker – German geologist and naturalist. William Wright – Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee. Now leading the relief column to Cooper’s Creek. John King – 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast. Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne. Menindee – Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne. Gulf of Carpentaria – The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia – roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent. Mount Hopeless - a cattle station about 150 miles southwest of the depot at Cooper's Creek. Alfred Howitt - English explorer and naturalist who will be hired by the Royal Society of Victoria to head north and find out what has happened to Robert Burke and his men. Links, resources and maps: https://explorerspodcast.com/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/map-part7.png Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Jun 2020

In part 6 of our series, Robert Burke and his comrades begin their journey from the northern coast of Australia to the depot at Cooper's Creek. They are low on supplies and their health is waning. Meanwhile, William Wright struggles to get the needed supplies to depot, where the health of William Brahe and his men is deteriorating. People and Places Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE) William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. Hermann Beckler - German doctor and botanist. Ludwig Becker - German geologist and naturalist. William Wright - Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee. Now leading the relief column to Cooper's Creek. John King - 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast. Thomas McDonough - VEE member who accompanied Burke and Wills to Cooper's Creek. Charley Gray - VEE member who was selected to go with Burke and Wills to the north coast of Australia. Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne. Menindee - Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne. Gulf of Carpentaria - The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia - roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent. Resources and links: https://explorerspodcast.com/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/burke_and_wills_map.png Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Jun 2020

In part 5 of our series Robert Burke and William Wills lead a small contingent of men into the outback of Australia in an attempt to reach reach the north coast - and in the process become the first men to cross the continent. People and Places Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE) William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. John McDouall Stuart – Scottish explorer who was the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia. Hermann Beckler – German doctor and botanist. Ludwig Becker – German geologist and naturalist. William Wright – Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee. John King – 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast. Dick – Aboriginal Guide who accompanied Burke – and then Lyons – to the north. Thomas McDonough – VEE member who accompanied Burke and Wills to Cooper’s Creek. Charley Gray – VEE member who was selected to go with Burke and Wills to the north coast of Australia. Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne. Menindee – Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne. Gulf of Carpentaria – The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia – roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent. Selwyn Range - Rugged mountain range in the interior of Australia that the expedition would need to cross. Find maps and reading resources at: https://bit.ly/3eOMH0k Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 May 2020

In part 4 of our series, Burke and Wills travel north to Cooper's Creek, where they establish a supply depot. Burke will spend a month scouting the area to the north, before finally departing for the north coast in mid-December. At Menindee, William Wright waits for money to buy more horses so he can haul all the supplies to Burke's new camp. Meanwhile, a policeman, Trooper Myles Lyons, strikes out for Cooper's Creek carrying dispatches for Burke. People and Places Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE) William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. John McDouall Stuart – Scottish explorer who was the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia. Hermann Beckler - German doctor and botanist. Ludwig Becker - German geologist and naturalist. William Wright - Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee. John King - 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast. Trooper Myles Lyons - Policeman from Swan Hill bringing dispatches to Robert Burke. Alexander McPherson - Saddler who would join Lyons and Dick in an attempt to reach Burke at Cooper's Creek. William Hodgkinson - Journalist who joined the expedition at Swan Hill. Dick - Aboriginal Guide who accompanied Burke - and then Lyons - to the north. Peter - Aboriginal Guide who accompanied Hermann Beckler to rescue Lyons and MacPherson. Thomas McDonough - VEE member who accompanied Burke and Wills to Cooper's Creek. Charley Gray - VEE member who was selected to go with Burke and Wills to the north coast of Australia. Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne. Menindee - Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne. Gulf of Carpentaria - The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia - roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 May 2020

In part 3 of our series, the Victorian Exploring Expedition travels from Melbourne to the frontier outpost of Menindee on the Darling River. Along the way, the VEE will undergo a transformation as many key members will be fired (or resign), and others will join the company. Meanwhile, Robert Burke must dodge an arrest notice, criticism and his own ego to move the VEE forward. Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/map2-1.png People and Places Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE) George Landells – Horse trader who brought 25 camels to Australia, and 2nd-in-command of the VEE. Fired upon reaching Menindee. William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. Named 2nd-in-command of the expedition after the dismissal of George Landells. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. John McDouall Stuart – Scottish explorer who would be the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia. Hermann Beckler - German doctor and botanist. mega at Menindee, but stayed on. Ludwig Becker - German geologist and naturalist. William Wright - Bushman who would join Burke at Menindee as a guide. Georg von Neumayer - Professor and member of the Exploration Committee. John King - 22-year old ex-soldier. Came from India with camels. William Hodgkinson - Journalist who joined expedition at Swan Hill. Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne. Menindee - Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne. Gulf of Carpentaria - The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia - roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 May 2020

In part 2 of our series, Robert Burke and the Exploration Committee hire men for the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE), including William Wills - who will serve the expedition's surveyor, meteorologist, and astronomer. The VEE, consisting of 19 men, 26 camels, 23 horse, six wagons, and 200 tons of supplies, then prepares to depart Melbourne in August of 1860. The goal is to be the first men to cross the Australian continent. Key People and Places Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE). George Landells – Horse trader who brought 25 camels to Australia, and second-in-command of the VEE. William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer who was named as third-in-command of the VEE. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. John McDouall Stuart – Scottish explorer who is the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia. Hermann Beckler - German doctor and botanist. Ludwig Becker - German geologist and naturalist. Captain Francis Cadell - Steamship owner and member of the Exploration Committee. Offered to take the company's supplies by boat to Menindee. Julia Matthews - 18 year old actress Burke had fallen in love with. Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne. Menindee - Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne. Gulf of Carpentaria - The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia - roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Apr 2020

The first episode in the Burke and Wills Expedition series provides background to the endeavor - which was an expedition to cross Australia in 1860-61. We are introduced to the organizers of the expedition - Royal Society of Victoria - and its eventual leader, Robert Burke. Key people and places Robert Burke - Irish police superintendent from Castlemaine. Will be named leader of the expedition. Royal Society of Victoria - aka The Society. Scientific society based in Melbourne. They will organize the expedition. Exploration Committee - The committee of the Society which oversaw the Burke and Wills Expedition. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) - The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. Sir William Stawell - Key member of the Exploration Committee, and Chief Justice of Victoria. John Macadam - Secretary of the Exploration Committee. John Bruce - Wealthy Australian businessman who supported Robert Burke's bid to lead the expedition. Peter Edgerton Warburton - aka Major Warburton - Police Commissioner of South Australia and candidate to lead the VEE. Gustov von Tempsky - Prussian adventurer and candidate to lead the VEE. George Landells - Horse trader who would bring 25 camels to Australia to be part of the upcoming expedition. Would later be named second-in-command of the VEE. Charles Sturt - British soldier who would explore Australia - discovering Cooper's Creek in 1844. John McDouall Stuart - Scottish explorer who would be the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia. Augustus Gregory - Explorer who had gone from Brisbane to Adelaide in 1858. He turned down the opportunity to lead the VEE, but recommended any expedition go to Cooper's Creek and set up a depot - and use it as a base for striking out to the north. Cooper's Creek - River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. William Wills - British surveyor and astronomer who will eventually become the second-in-command of the VEE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Apr 2020

Between 400-600 BCE, Hanno the Navigator of Carthage, conducted an epic voyage down the west coast of Africa - sailing more than 4,000 miles - reaching all the way to modern-day Gabon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In this episode, Cossack Vladimir Atlasov explores the Kamchatka Peninsula in the late 1690s - claiming it for the Russian Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 Mar 2020

Series wrap up. We look at the aftermath of the siege of Tenochtitlan. We also cover the rest of Cortés' life, and the lives of some of the key players in our series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 22 Mar 2020

In part 7 of our series on Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico, the Spanish and their allies converge on the Valley of Mexico and begin the siege of Tenochtitlan - which will signal the end of the Aztec Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In the wake of his defeat at Tenochtitlan, Cortés must fend off the Aztecs at the Battle of Otumba. He must then consolidate his forces, and plot his return to the Valley of Mexico - even while small pox ravages the empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Mar 2020

In Part 5 in our series on Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico, Cortés must deal with threats from the recently arrived Panfilo de Narvaez, and an uprising in Tenochtitlan. Things will end with the La Noche Triste - the Night of Sorrows (hint: that's won't end well for the Spanish). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Feb 2020

In part 4 of our series on Hernán Cortés, the Spanish march into Tenochtitlan - the Aztec capital. In doing so, he will come face-to-face with the legendary Montezuma. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In part three of our series on Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, the Spanish march west, encountering resistance from the independent Tlaxcalan people, as well as confronting possible treachery in the city of Cholula. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Hernán Cortés forges an alliance with a discontented people, and establishes the first European settlement in New Spain - Vera Cruz. Also, he encounters the first emissaries of the Aztec Empire, who offer the Spanish a large bribe to leave their lands. Instead, Cortés becomes determined to travel to the heart of the Aztec Empire - Tenochtitlan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Jan 2020

Hernán Cortés leads an army to Mexico to seek out the sophisticated lands to the west. The Spanish will find something they never imagined - the Aztec Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Dec 2019

The Franklin Expedition disappears in the Canadian Arctic while trying to find the Northwest Passage. Part 2 in our series examines the tragic fate of Franklin, his men and their ships - and the 170+ years of searching for clues to the expedition's ultimate end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Nov 2019

In 1845, Sir John Franklin leads two ships into the Arctic in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. The ships and crew were the finest England had to offer, however, after heading into Lancaster Sound - the entrance to the Passage - neither ship would be seen again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Nov 2019

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin set off in Apollo 11 for the first lunar landing in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Oct 2019

The final episode in our series on Francis Drake covers the years of 1581-1595, as Drake leads the fight against Spain, including Singeing the King of Spain's Beard, and the Spanish Armada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Francis Drake and Golden Hind head across the Pacific to the Spice Islands, before rounding the tip of Africa and returning to England Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In part 4 in our series, Francis Drake will lead his fleet into the Strait of Magellan. After surviving more than 50 days of storms, he will then proceed to attack Spanish shipping on the western coast of the Americas - capturing the greatest prize in English history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 20 Jun 2019

In 1576, Francis Drake begins his circumnavigation of the globe. In this episode, Drake organizes his fleet, and then heads to the Strait of Magellan. However, he must deal with a potentially mutinous foe who could derail the entire expedition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Francis Drake conducts three expeditions to the Caribbean, becoming the most hated main the Spanish Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 May 2019

English explorer, privateer and captain Francis Drake comes of age in 16th century England. This episode talks about Drake's younger years, and details the voyages he made to Africa and the Caribbean in the 1560s - including his first command - and culminates in the Battle of San Juan de Ulúa in 1568. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 May 2019

Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão travels down the coast of west Africa in the 1480s, becoming the first European to discover the Congo River, and setting the stage for others to round the tip of the continent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 22 Apr 2019

The Lewis and Clark Expedition is complete, so let's take a look at what happen at what happened with the end of the epic journey across the country. We'll also see what happened to the people involved in the expedition, and take a look at the legacy of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of the Discovery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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The Corps heads out of the Rockies and down the Missouri - the last leg of their epic journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Lewis and Clark lead the Corps east - up the Columbia River and over the Rocky Mountains Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Dec 2018

Lewis and Clark fight their way across the Rocky Mountains and make for the Pacific Coast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Lewis and Clark struggle up the Missouri River and find that there is no easy route over the Rocky Mountains Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In the late summer and fall of 1804, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery head into the lands of the powerful Sioux nation, aiming to reach the Mandan Villages, located near modern-day Bismarck, North Dakota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Lewis and Clark head up the Missouri River in the spring of 1804. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In Part 1 of our series, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark prepare to lead the Corps of Discovery west in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean. In this episode, we go into the background of the Louisiana Territory, discuss the man most responsible for the expedition (Thomas Jefferson), and look into the backgrounds of Lewis and Clark. We then get the two men to St. Louis as they assemble their expedition - and prepare to head into the unknown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In January of 1890, Nellie Bly sailed from Japan in her race around the world. And while the ocean voyage would present its own challenges, a massive snowstorm in the American west would threaten Bly's attempt to defeat Phileas Fogg - as well as her rival - Elizabeth Bisland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Delayed ships, monsoons and other obstacles test journalist Nellie Bly as she travels from France to Asia, Meanwhile, her rival in the race around the world, Elizabeth Bisland, threatens to upstage Bly by beating her back to New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In 1889, a New York Journalist, Nellie Bly, began a journey to civrcumnativage the globe. Her goal was to best Phileas Fogg - the hero of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." Little did she know that a rival publication would send their own reporter on a similar journey - only heading in the opposite direction - setting up a dramatic race that would capture the attention of the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In about 325 BCE Pytheas of Massalia begins one of the first great voyages of discovery when he sets out into the land of the Celts to find the legendary island of Britain. In the process, Pytheas will be the first known man to circumnavigate the island. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In the final episode in our seven-part series on Christopher Columbus, the Admiral and his crew find themselves stranded on the island of Jamaica. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Columbus sets out on his fourth and final voyage. This time he's been ordered to find a passage to Asia - a voyage that will take him along the Central American coast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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In his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus searched out the rumored lands to the south - and in the process, discover the South American continent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Part 4 in our series on Christopher Columbus details his exploration of Cuba and Jamaica, plus his subjugation of Hispaniola. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Christopher Columbus sets off on his historic first voyage - one that would become the most important voyage of discovery in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Christopher Columbus tries to secure backing for an expedition to cross the Atlantic in a daring attempt to reach Asia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Francisco de Orellana heads down the Amazon River in a desperate bid to return to civilization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Zheng He commands the legendary Chinese Treasure Fleet, which sailed the Indian Ocean in the 15th century Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Étienne Brûlé, the most famous of the Coureur de bois, explores the lands around the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Stranded and alone in modern day Texas, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a remarkable eight year struggle to return home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez heads to Florida in search of gold - only to find lots and lots of misery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias becomes the man to round the southern tip of Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Mungo Park returns to West Africa with a large expedition, determined to map the Niger River and find the city of Timbuktu Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Scottish explorer Mungo Park ventures into West Africa to find the Niger River and the legendary city of Timbuktu Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing for England, becomes the first European to land in North America since Leif Erikson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Zebulon Pike sets off into the Louisiana Territory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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American explorers, including Zebulon Pike, set out to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Balboa sets off to find the mysterious sea on the other side of the mountains Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Balboa and the Spanish quest for gold leads him to establish the first permanent European colony in the Americas Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Juan Sebastián Elcano takes the reins of the fleet as they try and finish the circumnavigation of the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Magellan and the Armada de Molucca set sail across the Pacific in search of the Spice Islands Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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Magellan sets sail for South America to find the strait that will take him to the Western Sea Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. . .

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