Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 1

Lewis and ClarkIn Part 1 of our series, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark prepare to lead the Corps of Discovery west in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean. In this episode, we go into the background of the Louisiana Territory, discuss the man most responsible for the expedition (Thomas Jefferson), and look into the backgrounds of Lewis and Clark. We then get the two men to St. Louis as they assemble their expedition – and prepare to head into the unknown.

Below is a map showing the general boundaries of the major North American powers after the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803. It also shows the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


Images courtesy of Wikipedia.

Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 3

Nellie Bly
A woodcut image of Nellie Bly’s homecoming reception in Jersey City printed in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News on February 8, 1890.

In January of 1890, Nellie Bly sailed from Japan in her race around the world. And while the ocean voyage would present its own challenges, a massive snowstorm in the American west would threaten Bly’s attempt to defeat Phileas Fogg – as well as her rival – Elizabeth Bisland.

This is the third – and final – part of our series on Nellie Bly.


Here is a list of some of the best resources used for creating this podcast.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman is the best chronicle of Bly’s journey that I found. It also goes into depth regarding the lives of Bly and Bisland.

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days is an online version of Bly’s book that she wrote after the journey.

In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World is Bisland’s version of the global adventure.

Wikipedia has an excellent over of the life of Nellie Bly.

Nellie Bly’s Route

Below is a map showing the route taken by Nellie Bly in her journey around the world.

Nellie Bly's Route

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 2

Nellie Bly
Publicity Photo of Nellie Bly

In part 2 of our series, journalist Nellie Bly sets out from Calais, France, by train, to the city of Brindisi on the eastern coast of Italy. After that, it is a steamship through the Suez Canal and on to Asia as she strives to best Phileas Fogg from the novel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Meanwhile, here rival, Elizabeth Bisland, lands in Japan, and heads west through Asia toward Europe in an attempt to upstage Bly.

The Following is a rough map of Nellie Bly’s trip around the world, which started in New York City. Not all the stops are included – and the route is an approximation. But it should give you a basic idea of Bly’s route.

Nellie Bly's Route

Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 1

Nellie BlyIn 1889, a New York journalist, Nellie Bly, at the behest of her newspaper, the New York World, began a journey to civrcumnativage the globe. Her goal was to best Phileas Fogg – the hero of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Little did she know that a rival publication would send their own reporter on a similar journey – only heading in the opposite direction – setting up a dramatic race that would capture the attention of the world.

The Following is a rough map of Nellie Bly’s trip around the world, which started in New York City. Not all the stops are included – and the route is an approximation. But it should give you a basic idea of Bly’s route.

Nellie Bly's Route

Photo of Nellie Bly is courtesy of Wikipedia.

Pytheas and the Circumnavigation of Britain

PytheasIn about 325 BCE, Pytheas of Missalia conducted one of the first great voyages of discovery when he sets out into the land of the Celts to find the legendary island of Britain. In the process, he would circumnavigate the island – and even (according to some) – discover Iceland.

Below is a map showing the route of Pytheas on his journey. This does not show the overland route – which would have bypassed the Pillars of Hercules. It also shows some speculative routes to Iceland and into the Baltic Sea. The map may not be perfect, but it gives a decent look at Pytheas’ probably travel route.

Pytheas Route


While there is not a lot of information about Pytheas available, here’s a list of a few of the better resources that I found.


Statue of Pytheas outside the Palais de la Bourse, Marseilles.

All image courtesy of Wikipedia.

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.

Christopher Columbus – Part 6

Christopher ColumbusPart 6 in our series on Christopher Columbus takes the Admiral back to the New World for a fourth time. However, instead of going to govern a colony, Columbus is on a voyage of discovery. The year is 1502, and Columbus has been tasked by the king and queen of Spain to find a route to Asia. He departs with four ships and sets out on what might be his greatest venture.

The final voyage of Columbus will take him through hurricanes to the shores of Central America as he uncovers more of the emerging lands, including Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Fourth Voyage of Columbus