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

13. The Inca – Part 1

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In just two short generations, the Inca exploded out of their homeland and conquered an area the size of the Roman empire. What had once been proud civilisations were swept aside and incorporated into the new state.

This episode charts the rise of Inca from their mythical origins, through their centuries as a weak city state, and all the way to their greatest heights.

Inca terraced farms at Pisac. Image via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pisac006.jpg

Ancient Andes – Part 2

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As the Andean region developed, bigger multiethnic empires started to emerge. Two equally sized rivals – Tiwanaku and Huari battled for control of the mountains while the Chimu built a great city down on the coast. Meanwhile the Chachapoya people created an enigmatic society of their own and left us some mysterious puzzles which we are yet to solve.


A carving from Tiwanaku
Cholita women taking a break from excavating Tiwanaku
The landscape of the Altiplano

11. Ancient Andes – Part 1

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The Andean region was home to a long line of fascinating civilisations. Each one had its own interesting culture and ingenious ways of overcoming their environments. This episode traces the social evolution of the area from the earliest cities to the first empires.

Along the way we will encounter the mysterious Nazca lines, strange wind powered waterholes and the largest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas.

The Huaca del Sol built by the Moche people.
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10. The Amazon

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The Amazon basin is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. It is a vast expanse of thick jungle inhabited by small tribes who live the same way that they have done for millennia.

Well actually, probably not.

More and more evidence is coming to light which suggests that the region was actually home to large populations, organised states and even cities. This episode looks at these discoveries and what they mean for our understanding of the Amazon.

A map of the Amazon basin and its rivers. Everything in darker green forms part of the region. Sourced from Wikipedia – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amazonrivermap.svg