51 episodes

Explore the history of early Texas as you’ve never heard it before, using new research and recently uncovered documents.Season 1 traces the identity of modern-day Texas to the first 160 years or so of San Antonio's history, from its founding in 1718 until the arrival of the railroad in 1877. Season 2 covers the Battle of Medina, the largest, bloodiest battle in Texas history...and the narrowing search for the battlefield itself, which has eluded searchers for more than a century now! Season 3 tells the remarkable story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his journey across the North American continent. -- As seen on the Rivard Report, KSAT12, GreatDaySA, and the San Antonio Business Journal! --

A New History of Old Texas Brandon Seale

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    • 4.9, 347 Ratings

Explore the history of early Texas as you’ve never heard it before, using new research and recently uncovered documents.Season 1 traces the identity of modern-day Texas to the first 160 years or so of San Antonio's history, from its founding in 1718 until the arrival of the railroad in 1877. Season 2 covers the Battle of Medina, the largest, bloodiest battle in Texas history...and the narrowing search for the battlefield itself, which has eluded searchers for more than a century now! Season 3 tells the remarkable story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his journey across the North American continent. -- As seen on the Rivard Report, KSAT12, GreatDaySA, and the San Antonio Business Journal! --

    The Utility of Belief

    The Utility of Belief

    How Cabeza de Vaca was separated from Castillo, Dorantes, and Estevan. How his status decreased with his utility in the new landscape of South Texas. And what he did to survive this most difficult year.Pages: f34r-34v in Zamora (1542) Edition as...

    • 17 min
    The Great Tunal

    The Great Tunal

    How the peoples of South Texas differed from those of the upper Texas coast. How the four expeditionaries planned to escape from them. And how their plan was foiled.Pages: f31v-f34r in Zamora (1542) Edition as published by Adorno and Pautz (1999).Cover...

    • 20 min
    Faith the Size of a Pecan

    Faith the Size of a Pecan

    How Alonso Castillo, Andrés Dorantes, and Esteban had made their way down the Texas Coast in 1529. How they had fallen into "slavery." How they were reunited with Cabeza de Vaca. And what to make of the "faith" that these men profess so unquestioningly...

    • 21 min
    He Who Has a Why

    He Who Has a Why

    How Cabeza de Vaca decided to leave Galveston Island. How his companion, Lope de Oviedo, decided he couldn't. And how Cabeza de Vaca first heard rumors of other surviving expeditionaries amongst the native peoples of South Texas.Pages: f28r-f28v in...

    • 22 min
    Out of Slavery

    Out of Slavery

    How the Native population of Galveston Island was decimated. The expeditionaries too. How Cabeza de Vaca was left behind. And how he lifted himself up from "slavery" to become a merchant plying his wares up and down the Texas coast.Pages: f26r-f28r in...

    • 21 min
    Castaways

    Castaways

    How Cabeza de Vaca and his companions were reunited with some of their fellow Narváez expeditionaries, including Alonso Castillo, Andrés Dorantes, and Estevan. How they tried to integrate themselves into the daily rhythms of the Cavoque community. And...

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

Brownal ,

Wonderful storytelling!

I’m listening to Season 3 as we are home during this pandemic. We gather around our Bluetooth speaker like families of old used to gather around the radio! Love this podcast! Cabeza de Vaca has come alive to me! I can’t wait to go back and hear Seasons 1&2. Superbly narrated!

Pianimal71 ,

This Guy Rocks!!

The narrative provided by Mr. Brandon Seale is bar-none one of the BEST I have heard in a long time—his engaging tone, mixture of Spanish with English, and just Great Storytelling actively involves the listener and gets you talking about the episodes with others immediately after he leaves you with a cliffhanger (in preparation for the next)!

And surprisingly, Mr. Seale isn’t a Historian or Literature Major by profession—he’s actually the President of Howard Energy Mexico (a businessman in the oil & gas industry) and does the storytelling as a side-gig as the result of his Passion for History! A Great Role Model as he is a storyteller—can’t wait for other future works he ends up narrating! 👍🏽

Rengarza ,

Compelling

As a native San Antonian I was always proud of my city and state. Now, after finishing Season 1 my pride is bursting at the seams. Texas history is a requirement in the Texas Educational System. So much was glossed over. Thank you for the in depth well researched information that not only opened my eyes to the true past but also to the present. Now on to Season 2. Keep it coming!

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