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The Latin American History Podcast aims to tell the story of Spanish and Portuguese America from its very beginnings up until the present day. Latin America’s history is home to some of the most exciting and unbelievable stories of adventure and exploration, and this podcast will tell these stories in all their glory. It will examine colonial society, slavery, and what life was like for the region’s inhabitants during this period. We will look at what caused the wars of independence, how the ...
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Almost at the same time that Miguel de Buria was founding his brief free kingdom, another man was doing the same in Panama. Bayano would prove to be even more of a problem for the Spanish than his counterpart in Venezuela. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://red…
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Today's episode is an interview with Camilla Townsend about her new book The Aztec Myths. In it we discuss the origins of the Aztec, the workings of their calendar, the codices which provide us with a vital insight into the Aztec world, and how Aztec religious practices were impacted by Christianity after the conquest. The book can be pre-ordered h…
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By 1550 the slave trade had begun to form an important part of Spain's imperial economy, and increasing numbers of people were being imported to work in its plantations and mines. Where there are slaves however, there is resistance and in Venezuela a group managed to break free and form their independent settlement. This is the story of Miguel de B…
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After wasting a lot of time and money following rumours of riches and precious metals, De Coronado had a choice to make - go home, try to make the best of what he had found, or set off on another wild goose chase. The link to the article about the new research into De Coronado's route: https://knowridge.com/2024/02/scientists-discover-possible-coro…
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De Coronado set off to try and find Cibola following de Nizza's dubious directions. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacyPor Max Serjeant
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El Dorado wasn't the only mythical city which was inspiring the Spanish to march out into the unknown. Somewhere beyond the deserts of northern Mexico, it was thought that there was another. Today we follow de Coronado as he begins his search for the golden city of Cibola, and reunite with Estevanico who we met on the Narvaez expedition. Support th…
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Today we have a special episode - an interview with Allen Wells about his new book Latin America's Democratic Crusade. Allen's book examines the 20th century and argues that, despite the preoccupations within the USA about the Cold War, for many inside the region a different battle was playing out. Not Communism versus Capitalism, but democracy ver…
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After finding it such hard going, today the Montejos will finish their conquest. That doesn't mean that it will be easy however, to go forwards they will have to take some more steps backwards. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & O…
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Montejo came back for another go at conquering the Yucatan, and this time he decided to approach it from a different angle. Would he be any more successful this time? Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.c…
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The Yucatan peninsula formed a big unconquered space between several of the Spanish empire's most important colonies. In 1526 a man named Francisco de Montejo decided it was time to try and bring it under his control. Upon arrival, he faced a difficult natural environment and a Maya population who had no intention of giving up their sovereignty. Su…
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While the Spanish were expanding across South America, there was a vast gap in the land they controlled. The River Plate looked like a promising place for would-be conquistadors, and was only a matter of time before somebody tried to conquer it. Doing so turned out to be much more difficult that anticipated. Support this podcast at — https://redcir…
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After a long period of ignoring the Americas, eventually Portugal made it's first efforts to colonise the land they had been allotted in Brazil. It would be a patchy and difficult process, but eventually they managed to establish an administration on which they could start to build. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american…
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With the Spanish expanding into the north west corner of South America, aspiring conquistadors were on the look out for new lands which they could conquer. One of these, Francisco de Orellana, set out on an expedition to find the mythical land of cinnamon, said to be somewhere to the east. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-a…
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Now that the German bankers had control of Venezuela, it's time to find out what they did with it. This episode covers the succession of governors who were put in charge of the colony, and their largely unsuccessful expeditions into the interior Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising…
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What links an oil rich nation in the north of South America, the Italian city of Venice, and a German banking family? Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
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The land which connected the Spanish heartland in the Caribbean with Pizarro's new conquest in Peru - what we call Colombia today - was still unknown to the Spanish, and for all the riches of they had discovered in the Inca empire, it was here that the gold they craved was to be found in abundance. In this episode we look at the first attempts to m…
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Today we bring the series to a close. We deal with the final twists of Spanish factional politics, and tell the story of the Neo-Inca State. We also find out what happened to all the remaining characters. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands …
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With Manco retreating to Vilcabamba, the scene was set for Pizarro and Almagro to fight it out for control of Peru. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
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When Almagro returned to Peru, he found a situation which offered both danger and opportunity. Would Manco's rebellion force him to put aside his rivalry with Pizarro, or would he seek to use it to his advantage? Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com…
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The Spanish fight for their very survival in Cusco, and the Inca attacks spread out across the empire. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacyPor Max Serjeant
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Things were looking good for the Spanish, but they were about to face the biggest challenge yet of their campaign in Peru. Manco Inca was about to make the jump from puppet emperor to real one, and lead the Inca into rebellion Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https:/…
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Having ensconced themselves in Cusco, the Spanish set about consolidating their position, and De Almagro went north to search for Quizquiz. Along the way he would have to deal with some unexpected interlopers. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/br…
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With the death of Atahualpa, the Inca empire needed a new leader, and Pizarro needed a way to maintain the power he had managed to win for himself. Everyone marched to Cusco to try and resolve the issue of who would control Peru. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: http…
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Atahualpa and Pizarro adjust to the situation they now find themselves in, and a strange state a stasis emerges as they plot their next moves Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
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In today's episode I speak to Nicole von Germeten about her new book The Enlightened Patrolman. The Enlightened Patrolmen focuses on a proto-police force in Colonial Mexico City, and uses primary sources to examine both the day to day lives of these men, and the larger socio-political ideas behind their work. In the process it brings the streets of…
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Things come to a head at Cajamarca as Pizarro and Atahualpa meet for the first time. Apologies for the sound quality of this episode! I only discovered upon editing that there are a few car horns and dog barks which I was unable to remove. I wanted to get it out rather than re-record and delay putting it up. I will make sure to find a quieter place…
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The Latin American History Podcast is finally back. In today's episode the conquest properly begins, as Pizarro arrives back in Peru. As I mentioned in today's episode, the audio quality might not always be the highest as I am recorded wherever I can find a reasonably quiet place in noisy Latin America. This is particularly true of this and the nex…
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In today's episode we look at what was going on within the Inca empire in the lead up to the conquest. To help with this, Nicholas Machinski of A History of the Inca podcast joins us to share his specialist knowledge. You can find his podcast on his website or wherever you get your podcasts from: https://ahistoryoftheinca.wordpress.com/ Support thi…
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A special episode featuring Mark Thurner and Juan Pimental. They talk us through their new book and how some of the objects of Latin America had a profound effect on the rest of the world. More information about the book can be found here: https://www.sas.ac.uk/publications/new-world-objects-knowledge You can find some general background about the …
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Today we take a break from the conquest of Peru for an interview with William Taylor - a scholar of colonial Mexican history and before his retirement, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.His new book Fugitive Freedom tells the stories of two men who lived lives of deception, and examines what they can tell us about the society in…
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It took three attempts for Pizarro, de Almagro and de Luque to launch an expedition which even came into proper contact with the Inca. This episode tells the story of their first two expeditions. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy &…
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Inspired by rumours of a great empire and precious metals, in Spain's Panamanian colony three men hatch a plan to explore and colonise South America.They were Diego de Almagro, Hernando de Luque and of course Francisco Pizarro. In this introduction to the conquest, we introduce them and explain how they came to be preparing to launch a conquest whi…
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The Spanish attempt once again to settle in North America, but again their ambitions will be frustrated. The Narvaez expedition was an unmittigated disaster. It did however produce one of the most unbelievable stories of survival of the era.Link to the petition to save ILAS - https://www.change.org/p/professor-jo-fox-and-professor-wendy-thomson-sto…
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As the Spanish expanded outwards from their base in the Caribbean, there was one region right next door that they had so far failed to colonise. Florida and the rest of North America was less than 100 miles from Cuba, and now it was where they turned their attention.This episode will tell the story of the Ayllon expedition, and the first European s…
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Sebastian Cabot is usually associated with his exploration of North America, but he also spent time in exploring the Rio de la Plata. Seduced by rumours of silver, he abandoned the mission he was given to follow in the footsteps of Aleixo Garcia. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertisin…
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In 1524 a shipwrecked Portguese soldier launched one of the most audacious expeditions in the history of the Iberian conquest of Latin America.Stranded in Southern Brazil, he managed to not just survive, but to carve out a role for himself as a war leader and initiate the first contact between Europeans and the Inca empire. Support this podcast at …
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Magellan continues his journey and becomes the first European to sail from the Atlantic through to the Pacific. His journey is only going to get harder however, and although the expedition will make it back to Spain there will be a heavy price to pay first. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations…
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While Cortez was in Mexico, something else was happening - something which was perhaps just as important for world history. Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain to find a route around the Americas to Asia, and sail all the way around the globe. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising…
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This is part two of my conversation with Walter. This time we talk about his book 'When Latins's Fight - Why There is No United Stated of South America'.The book provides an account of all the major wars that took place between states in post-independence South America. Doing this allows Walter to not just cover the stories of each conflict, but to…
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The WHO recently declared that Latin America is becoming the new epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some countries in particular have been badly hit, with Brazil currently second globally when it comes to numbers of cases. The pandemic is having a major economic impact everywhere, and if the future looks difficult for countries like the USA, Eu…
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Something a bit different to celebrate the podcast's 50th episode. As many of us are spending a lot more time at home due to the coronavirus crisis and looking for things to keep us entertained, here is an episode about some of the best Latin American films I have seen. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podc…
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In this episode we tie up all the loose ends and finish the series on the conquest of Mexico. We will look at what Spanish control actually looked like on the ground, look at what happened to Cortez' and Moctezuma's descendants, and tell the stories of a couple of lesser known participants in the conquest. Support this podcast at — https://redcircl…
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Today we conclude the conquest of Honduras. The convoluted scheming continues as bigger players get involved. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
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Having expanded his hold on Mexico and sent de Alvarado to Guatemala, it was Cortez turned next to Honduras. He was not the only one however.The conquest of Honduras wasa messy and dramatic free-for-all with a large cast of characters and factions scheming and fighting against each other. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-am…
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The conquest outside of Mexico. De Alvarado leads an army down to Guatemala where he makes a lot of noise, but did he achieve as much as he is credited with? Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privac…
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With Tenochtitlan under his control, Cortez was faced with a new challenge. He needed to build a stable government, while keeping the Aztec population, his own men, the king and rival conquistadors happy. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands …
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Cortez was on the run after being forced out of Tenochtitlan, but within six months he was back on the shores of Lake Texcoco trying to work out how to take the city. The bloodiest phase of the conquest was about to begin. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-latin-american-history-podcast/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://red…
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Thankyou to Mateus Menezes for taking this on! The first episode is already online, and you can find it wherever you get your podcasts from.Website:[https://www.spreaker.com/show/historia-da-america-latina?fbclid=IwAR2U-f92ucJxQNWojg4hG5NUVtjs9-RTPviaxjtcilE3wyKsHuiCwuX11Yc](https://www.spreaker.com/show/historia-da-america-latina?fbclid=IwAR2U-f92…
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