Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 2

In part 2 of series, Cortés forges an alliance with a discontented people, and establishes the first European settlement in New Spain - Vera Cruz. Also, he encounters the first emissaries of the Aztec Empire, who offer the Spanish a large bribe to leave their lands. Instead, Cortés becomes determined to travel to the heart of … Continue reading Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 2

Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River – Part 2

Francisco de Orellana heads down the Amazon River in a bid to return to civilization. Little does he know that he is about to begin one of the most amazing journeys in the annals of exploration. His epic trek will include a battle with the legendary Amazons, encounters with cannibals, near starvation and much, much … Continue reading Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River – Part 2

Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River – Part 1

In part 1 of our latest podcast, Francisco de Orellana and Gonzalo Pizarro head over the Andes in search of El Dorado - the City of Gold. Instead, the two conquistadors only find hardship and death. While Pizarro will attempt a torturous return over the Andes, Orellana will strike out east on a 4,000 mile journey down … Continue reading Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River – Part 1