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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.

    Estêvão Cacella and João Cabral and the First Explorations of the Himalayas including Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet

    Estêvão Cacella and João Cabral and the First Explorations of the Himalayas including Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet

    In 1626, Father Estêvão Cacella and his assistant, Father João Cabral, set out from the region of Bengal and into the Himalayan mountains. The two Jesuit missionaries would become the first Europeans to reach the kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal and parts of Tibet. In the process, they would provide the world with the oldest and most detailed look at Bhutan's legends - Ngawang Namgyal - and his kingdom. 
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    • 35 min
    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 7 - the second voyage of the Astrolabe: Return to Antarctica

    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 7 - the second voyage of the Astrolabe: Return to Antarctica

    In the final chapter of our series on Jules Dumont d'Urville, the Astrolabe and the Zelee return to Antarctica, before making a long voyage home to France. We wrap up with the tragic death of d'Urville and his family, plus a look at the man's legacy.
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    • 39 min
    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 6 - the second voyage of the Astrolabe: the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia

    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 6 - the second voyage of the Astrolabe: the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia

    d'Urville and his two ships sail from South America to Polynesia. On the agenda for this episode is Tahiti, Guam, Tonga, the Philippines, Batavia, New Guinea, Singapore, and Australia. Despite illnesses depleting the ranks of the expedition, the Astrolabe and the Zelee will finish up in Tasmania as they prepare for another voyage to Antarctica.
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    Daring French Explorations by Hubert Sagnières on Instagrams (see amazing photos from this expedition and others): https://www.instagram.com/frenchexplorations/
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    • 36 min
    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 5 - the second voyage of the Astrolabe: Antarctica

    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 5 - the second voyage of the Astrolabe: Antarctica

    In part 5 of our series, d'Urville leads two ships - including the Astrolabe - on a circumnavigation of the world. The first stops on the agenda are the Strait of Magellan and Antarctica.
    Daring French Explorations Giveaway: https://explorerspodcast.com/daringfrenchexplorations/
    Daring French Explorations by Hubert Sagnières on Instagrams (see amazing photos from this expedition and others): https://www.instagram.com/frenchexplorations/
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    • 40 min
    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 4 - the first voyage of the Astrolabe (continued)

    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 4 - the first voyage of the Astrolabe (continued)

    In part four of our series, d'Urville takes the Astrolabe through islands of the Pacific, and goes in search of the lost expedition of Jean François de Galaup Lapérouse. On his return to France, he will play a small role in the Revolution of 1830.
    Daring French Explorations Giveaway: https://explorerspodcast.com/daringfrenchexplorations/
    Daring French Explorations by Hubert Sagnières on Instagrams (see amazing photos from this expedition and others): https://www.instagram.com/frenchexplorations/
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    • 39 min
    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 3 - the first voyage of the Astrolabe

    Jules Dumont d'Urville - Part 3 - the first voyage of the Astrolabe

    Jules Dumont d'Urville returns to the South Pacific about the Astrolabe. In this episode, we explore Australia, New Zealand and the Tongan Islands. The ship will - multiple times - find itself stuck on reefs. The episode will end with d'Urville bombarding the Tongans after seize numerous hostages in hope of obtaining French weapons, supplies and military expertise.
    Daring French Explorations Giveaway: https://explorerspodcast.com/daringfrenchexplorations/
    Daring French Explorations by Hubert Sagnières on Instagrams (see amazing photos from this expedition and others): https://www.instagram.com/frenchexplorations/
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    • 38 min

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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.

Mcjem ,

Fabulous podcast!

I’ve been enjoying this podcast so much since discovering it about a week ago. It’s so interesting, and the resources on the podcast website – such as maps – really round out the learning experience!

Hudjci ,

Treatment of Europeans and Natives.

Matt, your episode about the Aztecs and Cortez really stuck out to me. In it, you mentioned that Cortez had made the discovery that it was part of Aztec culture to enslave their captives, sacrifice them at their temples and even eat them, and that Cortez found this to be abhorrent. In fact, they had already done just this to a few Spaniards they had discovered before Cortez arrived. You went on to almost defend their actions by explaining it was part of their religious belief structure; that they believed without such rituals, they might lose in battle or their crops might not grow.
So many sources of history these days treat Native people with kid gloves in this way, but have no problem chastising the Europeans for crimes against humanity; when their actions were guided by the very same things as the Aztecs; their culture and their religion. An example of this lack of insight is the fact that many Native people in North and South America were slave holders; they captured their enemies and made them slaves. That story is very prevalent throughout the tribes that were reached in the New World. But these tribes are hardly ever categorized as slave holders in any modern day history classes. I read an entire article in Texas Highways magazine about the adventures of Alvar De Vaca, and the author never mentioned that the tribe who so graciously rescued him from starvation also held him as a slave for years until he finally escaped. I even heard of a case where a Civil War General statue was torn down because his memory stood for slavery and it was replaced by a statue of a Native American. What sense of justice does that make when you know that the Native tribes held slaves for centuries and right up until the 1800’s, just like the General’s ancestors did?
I think you do a great job of avoiding the pitfalls of Presentism, I know it is like walking a tightrope. Keep soldiering on,
Steve from Marble Falls, TX

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