Christopher Columbus – Part 7

Christopher Columbus and the Lunar EclipseIt has taken seven episodes, but we come to the conclusion of our series on Christopher Columbus. In this final episode, Columbus begins stranded on the island of Jamaica. He must survive the ordeal, plus orchestrate a rescue for him and his crew. Find out about this – plus we discuss the legacy of perhaps the most famous explorer in history.

Below is a map of Columbus’ fourth voyage.

Fourth Voyage of Columbus

Resources for this Podcast

Christopher Columbus is one of the most written about explorers. There are many wonderful sources to draw from – and I’ll just share some of the big ones that I have used for this podcast.

Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen is an excellent biography of Columbus – and one of the more recent.

Admiral of the Ocean Seas: A Life of Christopher Columbus by Samuel Eliot Morison is one of the granddaddies of great explorer biographies. Morison retraced Columbus’ voyages in 1939-40 and wrote this expansive biography of the man.

The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus was one of the most influential books about the navigator. Written in 1828, it is available for free online.

Writings of Christopher Columbus provides a collection of letters written by Columbus that have survived to this day. Available for free online.

Journal of Christopher Columbus details the Admiral’s first voyage. It is available for free online.

Wikipedia links:

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

2 thoughts on “Christopher Columbus – Part 7

  1. I’ve been binge listening to The Explorers Podcast since I heard a recommendation for it on — another podcast, but I don’t remember which one! History of Something, obviously. But I’m really really enjoying it.
    I like your very clean, minimalist style: no music, no requests for reviews or patrons (although I understand why these are necessary, and don’t know how you manage without!), and a very clean, clear, unfussy prose style and delivery. You get lots of information across and convey the difficulties and personalities of the explorers you talk about in a crisp, no-nonsense manner, but you’re not dry or boring at all. No, you tell a good story, and your voice is pleasant to listen to.

    Being from the UK, I didn’t realize that there were American explorers — ridiculous, I know, but that’s what an Anglo-centric education does — so it’s been fun learning about Zebulon Pike and the Europeans who explored what became America. I’m just about to listen to Nellie Bly, about whom I know nothing except, perhaps, her name.

    So thank you very much for this podcast and the work you put into it. It’s enjoyable and educational and as I want to keep learning until the end of my life, I’m glad I found it. May you have many enjoyable hours making it!


    • Katherine, thanks so much for the kind words. I do make the occasional request for reviews and so forth, but I try and keep it at a minimum. Otherwise, I’m so glad you like the approach I have taken to the show. Thanks again.


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