Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition

Spanish 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 … Continue reading Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition

Bartolomeu Dias and the Cape of Storms

In 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 … Continue reading Bartolomeu Dias and the Cape of Storms

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

Africa 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. Listen to this episode online. Download this episode. Explorers … Continue reading Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger River – Part 2