Vasco Núñez de Balboa – Part 1

Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa is famous for being the first European to see the Pacific Ocean. In Part 1 of our podcast on Balboa, he begins his journey as a stowaway on a ship to the province of Tierre Firme. In short order, he will establish the first permanent European colony in the Americas and … Continue reading Vasco Núñez de Balboa – Part 1

Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World – Part 4

Ferdinand Magellan may be dead in the blood-soaked surf off the Philippines, but the voyage goes on. The fleet, under Juan Sebastián Elcano, has to find the Spice Islands and return to Europe to complete their epic mission. This is the final episode in the Ferdinand Magellan Saga. Listen to this podcast online. Explorers on iTunes. Recommended … Continue reading Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World – Part 4

Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World – Part 3

In the third part of our Ferdinand Magellan, the intrepid Portuguese explorer strikes out across the Pacific in search of the Spice Islands - sailing blindly into the largest body of water in the world. Listen to this podcast online. Explorers on iTunes. Here's a look at annual reenactment of the Battle of Mactan, where … Continue reading Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World – Part 3

Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World – Part 2

In the second part of our multi-part series on Ferdinand Magellan, we find the Portuguese navigator setting sail from Spain. His destination was South America, where he hoped to find the strait that would take him to the Western Sea. He must, however, deal with the Portuguese, who are out to stop him, as well … Continue reading Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World – Part 2