20. Columbus’ First Journey

After years of trying, Columbus had finally secured funding to set off across the Atlantic. What happened next is known to almost everyone in Western world. Columbus reached the Americas and began the process of European colonisation.

The details of his journey however, are rather less known and this episode tells its story. Along the way he will face storms, hostile foreign governments, natives and insubordination from his crew.

A map of Columbus’ voyage. Image via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Columbus_first_voyage.jpg

19. Who Was Christopher Columbus?

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Everyone knows that Columbus started the colonial era by travelling to America, but not many know much more about him. In this episode we will look at the various theories as to who he was, and how he ended up persuading the Spanish royalty to back his voyage.

Christopher Columbus

18. The Iberians – Part 2

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Having looked at the general history, this episode we hone in on the events that led up to the discovery of the Americas. We cover the war of Castilian succession and why it was so important for the future of the Americas – despite the fact that they had not been ‘discovered’ yet. Along the way we will encounter family feuding, incest and scheming which would make Game of Thrones look tame.

The Portuguese city of Porto. Located in the country’s north, before the reconquista was completed, this city was an important stronghold for the Portuguese counts and kings.

17. The Iberians – Part 1

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This episode provides a lightning fast run down of Iberian history up to the 1400s. We will also start to unpack how this history influenced the Spanish and Portuguese cultures and national characters. These influences would go on to determine how they behaved in the new world.



The Alhambra in Granada was where the last muslim emir in Iberia ruled from. It is a beautiful Islamic palace with Christian architecture added in later years
Another Moorish building which was later occupied by the Christian Iberians is the castle at Sintra near Lisbon.

16. Brazil and the Southern Cone

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This episode sees us wrapping up our look at pre-Columbian history. We will cover the peoples of Brazil, Paraguay and the Southern cone before conducting a brief analysis of the major themes that have emerged from looking at the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Click here for the Mexican earthquake charity episode: https://www.patreon.com/latinamericanhistorypodcast

The Brazilian coastline where the Tupi peoples lived

The Mexican Earthquake Charity Episode


The Mexico fundraising episode is now available. It can be purchased from the link above for $5 and all the money raised will go towards the Mexican Red Cross’ earthquake relief efforts.

The episode itself covers a full century and starts in 600ad. It tells the story of three great cities and the three great leaders who ruled them. It takes place at the height of the Maya civilisation and features conquest, city building, brothers fighting brothers and intrigue.

The Mexico Earthquake Fundraising Episode

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Last week Central Mexico was hit by an earthquake which killed hundreds of people and damaged as many buildings. I will be releasing a special episode within the next two weeks which will come at a one off cost of US$5. The money used to purchase the episode will go to the Mexican Red Cross, and will help them in their efforts to rebuild. The episode can be purchased using the Patreon link below.

The special episode will cover a century of Mayan history and tell one of the most fascinating stories in Mexican history. It is a tale of rivalry, war and city building. It is the story of great leaders trying to out do each other in war, diplomacy and culture.

It’s win-win as for a small price you will get access to the episode and your money will go towards a good cause.

Thank you for your generosity.

Patreon page – https://www.patreon.com/latinamericanhistorypodcast

The Mexican Red Cross’ earthquake campaign – https://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/sismo-19-de-septiembre-del-2017 – The page is only available in Spanish but English speakers can read more on the international Red Cross’ website

15. The Inca Part 3

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In our last episode on the Inca we look at the lives of ordinary Inca subjects. What was did the average person’s day look like? How did they practice their religion? We will also take a look at the Inca capital of Cusco – how it was laid out and how its great buildings were built.

Sacsayhuamán and the famous Inca stonework. Image via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sacsayhuam%C3%A1n,_Cusco,_Per%C3%BA,_2015-07-31,_DD_36.JPG

14. The Inca – Part 2

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This episode takes a look at how Inca society was organised. As we will see, theirs was a highly developed state with social structures which draw comparison with our own. One in particular is interesting, as it could be argued that they created a form of proto-socialism complete with communal land use and a welfare state.

An alternative view of Machu Picchu. Image via https://pixabay.com/p-1880911/?no_redirect