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.
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.
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.
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
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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57. Northwards (again)
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 settlement in the United States.
56. Sebastian Cabot
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.
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.
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!
Who is WE
QUESTION for GROUPONetc
posted Oct 22 2020
YOU do not recommend this podcast,
as YOU are a race essentialist with prejudice
That is clear
you refer to WE in your comment
as in, WE do not need blah blah ...
Who is WE?
This is an excellent podcast
potentially enjoyable for anyone
interested in history
Other than bigoted race essentialists