Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition

narvaezSpanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez marched into to swamps and forests Florida in 1527 with 300 men. Narváez and his men were in search of gold. Unfortunately, they are in store for a whole lot of misery and death. The Narváez Expedition is notable in that it marked the beginning of the amazing story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – whose life we will cover in our next podcast.

Please note that the upcoming podcast on Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca is really an extension of the Narváez podcast. A link to that page will be added with the Cabeza de Vaca podcast has been published.

Resources

No better document for this podcast is the writings of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the expedition’s second-in-command. You can read it free online. Here is a good online version – or you can download a PDF or eReader version at archive.org.

I also want to give a nod to the folks at Wikipedia. The page that was set up detailing the Narváez Expedition is wonderful. Also, from there, you can access links to the various players in our tale.

narvaez-de-vacaThis map shows the route taken by the Narváez Expedition – in addition to the later travels of Cabeza de Vaca.

All images are from Wikipedia.

Bartolomeu Dias and the Cape of Storms

diaz_on_his_voyage_to_the_capeIn 1487, Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias (aka Bartholomew Diaz) sailed from Lisbon with orders to round the southern tip of Africa and chart a trade route to Asia. Dias would make history as he would temp the fates by rounding the Cape of Storms (today known as the Cape of Good Hope), one of the deadliest places in the world for sailing ship.

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Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger River – Part 2

mungo-park-bookAfrica is not done with Mungo Park. In Par 2 of our series on Mungo park, he returns to West Africa in 1805 with a large force – nearly 40 soldiers – determined to map the Niger to its outlet – as well as find the legendary city of Timbuktu.

Sources

There is no better source than Mungo Park himself for this podcast. His book, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa is a classic. It holds up well today – and best of all – it’s free. In addition to Park’s book, many of the free versions include his journal from his second expedition – as well as notes explaining Park’s ultimate fate.

As usual, Wikipedia has a good page on Mungo Park.

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The map (from Wikipedia) above shows Park’s travels, including his second one (in red), the subject of this podcast.