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The Explorers Podcast is about the greatest explorers and explorations in history.
On the Explorers Podcast, the explorers we cover include Ernest Shackleton, Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen, Frederick Cook, Adrien de Gerlache, John McDouall Stuart, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, Matt Rutherford, Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, James Cook, Abel Tasman, Alice Morrison, Fridtjof Nansen, Yuri Gagarin, Jacques Cartier, Richard Francis Burton, Teddy Roosevelt, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, James Beckwourth, Alvise Cadamosto, Henry the Navigator, Andres de Urdaneta, Edmund Hillar, Tenzing Norgay, George Mallory, Marco Polo, Xu Fu, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Burke and Wills Expedition, Robert O'Hara Burke, William Wills, Hanno the Navigator, Lewis and Clark, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Hernan Cortes, John Franklin, Lost Franklin Expedition, Francis Drake, Diogo Cao, Pytheas, Nellie Bly, Christopher Columbus, Panfilo de Narvaez, Bartolomeu Dias, Mungo Park, John Cabot, Erik the Red, Leif Erikson, Zebulon Pike, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Ferdinand Magellan, and Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleet, Neil Armstrong, Aztec Empire, Moctezuma, Montezuma, Robert Falcon Scott, Tom Creen, Frank Wild, Cândido Rondon, Brendan the Navigator, and Vladimir Atlasov.
We also cover a variety of subjects and events and travel to many places. Topics include the Far East, the River of Doubt, the Manila Galleons, Mount Everest, the Moon Landing, Apollo 11, the circumnavigation of the world, the source of the Nile, the New World, Vinland, the Niger River, Timbuktu, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Northwest Passage, the North Pole, the South Pole, the Congo River, the Chinese Treasure Fleet, the Corps of Discovery, Tenochtitlán, Japan, China, the Silk Road, the Spice Islands, the Moluccas, the Caravel, Mecca, Medina, Lake Tanganyika, Sputnik, Tasmania, Australia, Siberia, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, the Seven Cities of Gold, and much, much more.

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The Explorers Podcast is about the greatest explorers and explorations in history.
On the Explorers Podcast, the explorers we cover include Ernest Shackleton, Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen, Frederick Cook, Adrien de Gerlache, John McDouall Stuart, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, Matt Rutherford, Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, James Cook, Abel Tasman, Alice Morrison, Fridtjof Nansen, Yuri Gagarin, Jacques Cartier, Richard Francis Burton, Teddy Roosevelt, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, James Beckwourth, Alvise Cadamosto, Henry the Navigator, Andres de Urdaneta, Edmund Hillar, Tenzing Norgay, George Mallory, Marco Polo, Xu Fu, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Burke and Wills Expedition, Robert O'Hara Burke, William Wills, Hanno the Navigator, Lewis and Clark, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Hernan Cortes, John Franklin, Lost Franklin Expedition, Francis Drake, Diogo Cao, Pytheas, Nellie Bly, Christopher Columbus, Panfilo de Narvaez, Bartolomeu Dias, Mungo Park, John Cabot, Erik the Red, Leif Erikson, Zebulon Pike, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Ferdinand Magellan, and Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleet, Neil Armstrong, Aztec Empire, Moctezuma, Montezuma, Robert Falcon Scott, Tom Creen, Frank Wild, Cândido Rondon, Brendan the Navigator, and Vladimir Atlasov.
We also cover a variety of subjects and events and travel to many places. Topics include the Far East, the River of Doubt, the Manila Galleons, Mount Everest, the Moon Landing, Apollo 11, the circumnavigation of the world, the source of the Nile, the New World, Vinland, the Niger River, Timbuktu, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Northwest Passage, the North Pole, the South Pole, the Congo River, the Chinese Treasure Fleet, the Corps of Discovery, Tenochtitlán, Japan, China, the Silk Road, the Spice Islands, the Moluccas, the Caravel, Mecca, Medina, Lake Tanganyika, Sputnik, Tasmania, Australia, Siberia, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, the Seven Cities of Gold, and much, much more.

    Daniel Boone - Part 5 - Missouri and final years

    Daniel Boone - Part 5 - Missouri and final years

    In the final part of our series on American frontiersman Daniel Boone, we take him through his final years in Kentucky - where he was a surveyor, innkeeper and many other things. But the largest part of this episode will cover Boone's final two decades, where he lived on the frontier of Missouri. This includes expeditions and adventures - some lasting more than six months. We wrap things up with a look at the legacy of Daniel Boone.
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    • 41 min
    Daniel Boone - Part 4 - Frontier Wars

    Daniel Boone - Part 4 - Frontier Wars

    Part 4 of our series takes through the frontier wars that took place during the American Revolution from 1778-1783. This will include the Siege of Boonesborough and the disastrous Battle of Blue Licks - in which Boone would lose another son. 
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    • 45 min
    Daniel Boone - Part 3 - The American Revolution

    Daniel Boone - Part 3 - The American Revolution

    In part 3 of our series, Daniel Boone and the settlers of Kentucky struggle to survive in the early years of the American Revolution. Boonesborough will withstand many attacks. Also, Boone's own daughter will be kidnapped - making for one of the most dramatic events in Boone's life. We will wrap up with Boone's capture of the Shawnee in 1778.
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    • 37 min
    Daniel Boone - Part 2 - Kentucky

    Daniel Boone - Part 2 - Kentucky

    In part 2 of our series, Daniel Boone becomes a woodsmen of legend as he comes to know Kentucky like no man. In the process, he will identify the Cumberland Gap - one of the great mountain passes in American history - and establish the first European settlement in Kentucky - Boonesborough. In the process, he will lose his eldest son in the never-ending wars with the native Indians.
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    • 40 min
    Daniel Boone - Part 1 - Early Life

    Daniel Boone - Part 1 - Early Life

    In the first part of our series on American pioneer Daniel Boone, we look at his early life, including his years growing up on the North Carolina frontier, his time in the French and Indian War, and his first excursions over the Appalachian Mountains. 
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    • 39 min
    Amerigo Vespucci - Part 2

    Amerigo Vespucci - Part 2

    In the second - and final - part of our series on Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci, we look at his third voyage, touch on his 'fourth' voyage, and then discuss his legacy - including how his name became attached to two continents.
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    • 31 min

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Hudjci ,

Daniel Boone was a slave holder.

Matt, you apologize profusely for not discovering that Daniel Boone was a slave holder in the earlier episodes, and admit that it really lowers your opinion of him now that you know about it, but you never apologize for not mentioning that the Shawnee Indians were also slave holders, as were many Native tribes that we know of in those days. It is irrefutable that Natives throughout the Americas captured other Natives as slaves, they also captured whites, and even increased their holdings of African-American slaves in the 1800’s. While sanctioned slavery ended in the United States after the Civil War, native tribes were not bound to the new laws and some undoubtedly held slaves for many more years.
Slavery is NEVER okay in ANY culture, so why do we, as historians, act as though it is unforgivable for some, but take a forgive and forget attitude with others?
I just shook my head when I read that article about the statue of the Civil War general that was torn down because he represented a culture of slavery, and then discovered that they planned to replace it with a statue of Pocahontas.

hanksrer ,

Awesome Show

This is my favorite historical podcast. The details and depth provided are exceptional, and entertaining.

Meheth ,

GOAT

Best podcast ever. Well researched, well presented, no fluff, pure listening enjoyment. Matt, it is clear you love your job, and you bring this infectious passion to your listeners. Thank you.

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