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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 they were won, and what Latin America looked like afterwards.

The region’s twentieth century history was marked by extremes – in political ideas, in levels of wealth, and in cultural expression. It was a time of guerrillas, dictators, death squads, powerful corporations, and turmoil. The cold war was played out in extreme here – although filtered through the legacy of colonialism and the region’s own unique heritage.

All this and more make Latin American history a fascinating story, and one worth telling. Join me on this podcast as I set about doing so.

The Latin American History Podcast Max Serjeant

    • History
    • 4.8 • 159 Ratings

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 they were won, and what Latin America looked like afterwards.

The region’s twentieth century history was marked by extremes – in political ideas, in levels of wealth, and in cultural expression. It was a time of guerrillas, dictators, death squads, powerful corporations, and turmoil. The cold war was played out in extreme here – although filtered through the legacy of colonialism and the region’s own unique heritage.

All this and more make Latin American history a fascinating story, and one worth telling. Join me on this podcast as I set about doing so.

    The Conquest of Peru - Part 3

    The Conquest of Peru - Part 3

    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/
     

    • 25 min
    New World Objects of Knowledge

    New World Objects of Knowledge

    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 phenomenon of creating cabinets of curiosities here: https://artsandculture.google.com/theme/the-cabinet-of-curiosities/4QKSkqTAGnJ2LQ?hl=en

    • 29 min
    61. Fugitive Freedom - An Interview with William Taylor

    61. Fugitive Freedom - An Interview with William Taylor

    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 which they lived. On the surface these men appear to be daring anti-heros and/or dangerous con-men. They also look like real life examples of the Picaros of Spanish colonial literature. A closer look however, reveals them to be much more three-dimensional characters, responding to the limitations of their social position and their own internal mental struggles.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    60. The Conquest of Peru - Part 2

    60. The Conquest of Peru - Part 2

    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.

    • 16 min
    59. The Conquest of Peru - Part 1

    59. The Conquest of Peru - Part 1

    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 which would rival that of Cortes in Mexico

    • 19 min
    58. Westwards

    58. Westwards

    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.


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

Ryan.nj ,

Great podcast

I recently found the podcast and am really enjoying it for Latin America history. Note to the show, I went back to beginning but was unable to hear episodes 2 and 4-9. Thanks.

LaotianRabbit ,

Excellent Podcast

I’m really happy to have found this podcast. It’s simple in format and Max brings a lot of great information each time. From the Precolombian era it is now on the Conquistadors. I look forward to seeing how far forward it’s able to go! Recommend if you are interested in Latin America.

luispantoja ,

Very good podcast

This is a very good podcast on a topic that is under appreciated. I wish the creator and narrator would include a bit more of his sources but other than that I highly recommend it!

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