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The Latin American History Podcast
63 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
61. Fugitive Freedom - An Interview with William Taylor
Today we take a break from the conquest of Peru for an interview with William Taylor - a scholar of colonial Mexican history and before his retirement, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His new book Fugitive Freedom tells the stories of two men who lived lives of deception, and examines what they can tell us about the society in which they lived. On the surface these men appear to be daring anti-heros and/or dangerous con-men. They also look like real life examples of the Picaros of Spanish colonial literature. A closer look however, reveals them to be much more three-dimensional characters, responding to the limitations of their social position and their own internal mental struggles.
16 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
60. The Conquest of Peru - Part 2
It took three attempts for Pizarro, de Almagro and de Luque to launch an expedition which even came into proper contact with the Inca. This episode tells the story of their first two expeditions.
20 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
59. The Conquest of Peru - Part 1
Inspired by rumours of a great empire and precious metals, in Spain's Panamanian colony three men hatch a plan to explore and colonise South America. They were Diego de Almagro, Hernando de Luque and of course Francisco Pizarro. In this introduction to the conquest, we introduce them and explain how they came to be preparing to launch a conquest which would rival that of Cortes in Mexico
38 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
The Spanish attempt once again to settle in North America, but again their ambitions will be frustrated. The Narvaez expedition was an unmittigated disaster. It did however produce one of the most unbelievable stories of survival of the era. Link to the petition to save ILAS - https://www.change.org/p/professor-jo-fox-and-professor-wendy-thomson-stop-the-closure-of-the-institute-of-latin-american-studies-sas-university-of-london?recruiter=1157550372&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=share_petition&recruited_by_id=df7b78d0-10b8-11eb-b104-b7326168604e
16 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
57. Northwards (again)
As the Spanish expanded outwards from their base in the Caribbean, there was one region right next door that they had so far failed to colonise. Florida and the rest of North America was less than 100 miles from Cuba, and now it was where they turned their attention. This episode will tell the story of the Ayllon expedition, and the first European settlement in the United States.
27 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
56. Sebastian Cabot
Sebastian Cabot is usually associated with his exploration of North America, but he also spent time in exploring the Rio de la Plata. Seduced by rumours of silver, he abandoned the mission he was given to follow in the footsteps of Aleixo Garcia.
17 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
55. Aleixo Garcia
In 1524 a shipwrecked Portguese soldier launched one of the most audacious expeditions in the history of the Iberian conquest of Latin America. Stranded in Southern Brazil, he managed to not just survive, but to carve out a role for himself as a war leader and initiate the first contact between Europeans and the Inca empire.
19 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
54. The First Circumnavigation of the Globe - Part 2
Magellan continues his journey and becomes the first European to sail from the Atlantic through to the Pacific. His journey is only going to get harder however, and although the expedition will make it back to Spain there will be a heavy price to pay first.
17 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
53. The first Circumnavigation of the Globe
While Cortez was in Mexico, something else was happening - something which was perhaps just as important for world history. Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain to find a route around the Americas to Asia, and sail all the way around the globe.
55 minutes | Jun 14, 2020
52. When Latins Fight - An Interview with Walter Molano
This is part two of my conversation with Walter. This time we talk about his book 'When Latins's Fight - Why There is No United Stated of South America'. The book provides an account of all the major wars that took place between states in post-independence South America. Doing this allows Walter to not just cover the stories of each conflict, but to pull out some of the common themes that run through them. In this episode he explains how some of these wars came about, what their legacies are and how these rivalries affect the future prospects of the region.
32 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
51. Coronavirus and Latin America - An Interview with Walter Molano
The WHO recently declared that Latin America is becoming the new epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some countries in particular have been badly hit, with Brazil currently second globally when it comes to numbers of cases. The pandemic is having a major economic impact everywhere, and if the future looks difficult for countries like the USA, Europe and Australia, it could potentially be even harder for regions like Latin America. In this special episode I speak to economist and historian Walter Molano about how the pandemic will affect the region.
31 minutes | May 6, 2020
50. 50th Episode Special - Latin American Film (to watch during lockdown)
Something a bit different to celebrate the podcast's 50th episode. As many of us are spending a lot more time at home due to the coronavirus crisis and looking for things to keep us entertained, here is an episode about some of the best Latin American films I have seen.
29 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
49. The Conquest of Mexico - Part 13
In this episode we tie up all the loose ends and finish the series on the conquest of Mexico. We will look at what Spanish control actually looked like on the ground, look at what happened to Cortez' and Moctezuma's descendants, and tell the stories of a couple of lesser known participants in the conquest.
25 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
48. The Conquest of Mexico - Part 12
Today we conclude the conquest of Honduras. The convoluted scheming continues as bigger players get involved.
24 minutes | Mar 8, 2020
47. The Conquest of Mexico - Part 11
Having expanded his hold on Mexico and sent de Alvarado to Guatemala, it was Cortez turned next to Honduras. He was not the only one however. The conquest of Honduras wasa messy and dramatic free-for-all with a large cast of characters and factions scheming and fighting against each other.
28 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
The conquest of Mexico - part 10
The conquest outside of Mexico. De Alvarado leads an army down to Guatemala where he makes a lot of noise, but did he achieve as much as he is credited with?
36 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
45. The Conquest of Mexico - part 9
With Tenochtitlan under his control, Cortez was faced with a new challenge. He needed to build a stable government, while keeping the Aztec population, his own men, the king and rival conquistadors happy.
26 minutes | Oct 13, 2019
44. The Conquest of Mexico - Part 8
Cortez was on the run after being forced out of Tenochtitlan, but within six months he was back on the shores of Lake Texcoco trying to work out how to take the city. The bloodiest phase of the conquest was about to begin.
1 minutes | Oct 6, 2019
Announcement - The Latin American History Podcast is now Available in Portuguese
Thankyou to Mateus Menezes for taking this on! The first episode is already online, and you can find it wherever you get your podcasts from. Website: [https://www.spreaker.com/show/historia-da-america-latina?fbclid=IwAR2U-f92ucJxQNWojg4hG5NUVtjs9-RTPviaxjtcilE3wyKsHuiCwuX11Yc](https://www.spreaker.com/show/historia-da-america-latina?fbclid=IwAR2U-f92ucJxQNWojg4hG5NUVtjs9-RTPviaxjtcilE3wyKsHuiCwuX11Yc) Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/Hist%C3%B3ria-da-Am%C3%A9rica-Latina-102122097860339/](https://www.facebook.com/Hist%C3%B3ria-da-Am%C3%A9rica-Latina-102122097860339/) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
29 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
43. The Conquest of Mexico - Part 7
If last episode was a slow burn political thriller, this one is all action. Cortez will face Aztec and Spaniard in a bid not just to save his conquest, but for his very survival.
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