Francis Drake – Part 4 – War in the Pacific

Capture of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción by Friedrich Hulsius.

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.

Here is more information about Nuestra Señora de la Concepción (aka Cagafuego)

A 1590 engraving of Drake’s landing in California. By Theodor de Bry.

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

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

Francisco_de_OrellanaIn 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 the Amazon in a desperate bid to return to civilization.

The feat – sailing the entire Amazon River – is one of the greatest river explorations known to history.

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