Francis Drake – Part 4 – War in the Pacific

In part 4 in our series, Francis Drake will lead his fleet into the Strait of Magellan. After surviving more than 50 days of storms, he will then proceed to attack Spanish shipping on the western coast of the Americas - capturing the greatest prize in English history. Listen to this episode online. Download this … Continue reading Francis Drake – Part 4 – War in the Pacific

Francis Drake – Part 2 – Terror of the Spanish Main

In part 2 of our series on Francis Drake, we cover the three expeditions Drake led to the Caribbean. The three voyages would make Drake one of the most hated men in the Spanish Empire - and a hero in England. The final voyage will conclude with Drake's daring attack on the Spanish Treasure Caravan … Continue reading Francis Drake – Part 2 – Terror of the Spanish Main

Christopher Columbus – Part 6

Part 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 … Continue reading Christopher Columbus – Part 6

Vasco Núñez de Balboa – Part 2

Balboa has established the colony of Santa Maria on the eastern shore in the province of Darien. But when the local natives tell him about the 'other sea' over the mountains - not to mention the kingdom where men drink from golden goblets and eat off plates of gold - the conquistador is ensnared. Part 2 … Continue reading Vasco Núñez de Balboa – Part 2

Vasco Núñez de Balboa – Part 1

Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa is famous for being the first European to see the Pacific Ocean. In Part 1 of our podcast on Balboa, he begins his journey as a stowaway on a ship to the province of Tierre Firme. In short order, he will establish the first permanent European colony in the Americas and … Continue reading Vasco Núñez de Balboa – Part 1