Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger River – Part 1

In 1795, Mungo Park, a young Scottish doctor, set out for West Africa under the sponsorship of the African Association. Park's goals were to find the elusive Niger River - which no European had ever set their eyes on - as well as locate the legendary city of Timbuktu. It would be an epic journey filled with … Continue reading Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger River – Part 1

John Cabot and the Exploration of North America

John Cabot, aka Giovanni Caboto, strikes out into the North Atlantic to become the first European to land in North America since the Vikings. On his next voyage, Cabot would lead of fleet of ships west - only to have them disappear forever. Listen to this episode online. Explorers on iTunes. Sources Bristol University's Cabot Project … Continue reading John Cabot and the Exploration of North America

Erik the Red and Leif Erikson

The father and son team of Erik the Red and Leif Erikson represent the most famous Viking explorers. Erik would found the Greenland colony in the 980s, while Leif would become the first European to set foot on the North American continent - as well as establish a settlement. Listen to Erik the Red and … Continue reading Erik the Red and Leif Erikson