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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 the ...
 
Aphra Behn was the first woman writer in England to make a living by her pen, and her novel Oroonoko was the first work published in English to express sympathy for African slaves. Perhaps based partly on Behn's own experiences living in Surinam, the novel tells the tragic story of a noble slave, Oroonoko, and his love Imoinda. The work was an instant success and was adapted for the stage in 1695 (and more recently by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1999). Behn's work paved the way for wome ...
 
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The title run-in can make even the sanest of people go crazy, but Republican Rabbits fans will have little sympathy for their loony manager unless he can bring home the title. Tom's side had a big chance today and with results elsewhere going his way the Rabbits could have moved back to the top of the pile if they could achieve an away win over in …
 
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 i…
 
Only a few weeks remain in the Caribbean Mega League and with just a month of action to go, the league table looks unbelievably close. Any one of four teams are still in the mix and it is the points totals that Tom is focussed on as he looks to claw his way back to the top of the pile. A win for Republican Rabbits today was just what the doctor ord…
 
In a world of fierce rivalries, many think of The Old Firm battle over in Scotland, Superclásico in Argentina or even Spain's El Clásico, but we all know that the real powerhouse feud of modern day football lies in the Caribbean and funnily enough it's not the feud on the pitch. Somehow the action on the pitch will only be secondary as co-commentat…
 
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 wh…
 
It's coming down to the business end of the Caribbean Mega League campaign and with just a handful of matches left to play, Tom and his Republican Rabbits know that they cannot afford to slip up anymore if they want to keep their place in the top four. Vodou People and Jamrock Juniors keep winning and with a home game against another side looking t…
 
The pressure is starting to build on Tom as his Republican Rabbits arrive in Dominica for "El Dominicano" and a second derby day against Dominica Dominoes. With the top two sides opening up impressive unbeaten runs, The Rabbits simply cannot afford to leave the LIME Stadium without three points as they look to not only remain in the top four, but m…
 
With no win in five matches Tom's title chances are slipping away rapidly and with league leaders Jamrock Juniors, aka "Jamtastic", coming to town Republican Rabbits need to start picking up points again. Bob Branaghan's live Caribbean Mega League commentary sees him report the last knockings of the match from the side of the pitch today, but even …
 
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. Link to the petition to save ILAS - https://www.change.org/p/professor-jo-fox-and-professor-wendy-thomson-st…
 
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 …
 
This is part two of my conversation with Walter. This time we talk about his book ‘When Latins’s Fight - Why There is No United Stated of South America’. The book provides an account of all the major wars that took place between states in post-independence South America. Doing this allows Walter to not just cover the stories of each conflict, but t…
 
The WHO recently declared that Latin America is becoming the new epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some countries in particular have been badly hit, with Brazil currently second globally when it comes to numbers of cases. The pandemic is having a major economic impact everywhere, and if the future looks difficult for countries like the USA, Eu…
 
Something a bit different to celebrate the podcast’s 50th episode. As many of us are spending a lot more time at home due to the coronavirus crisis and looking for things to keep us entertained, here is an episode about some of the best Latin American films I have seen.By Max Serjeant
 
Thankyou to Mateus Menezes for taking this on! The first episode is already online, and you can find it wherever you get your podcasts from. Website: https://www.spreaker.com/show/historia-da-america-latina?fbclid=IwAR2U-f92ucJxQNWojg4hG5NUVtjs9-RTPviaxjtcilE3wyKsHuiCwuX11Yc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hist%C3%B3ria-da-Am%C3%A9rica-Latina-10…
 
Cortez was determined to meet with emperor Moctezuma - even if Moctezuma had made it more than clear that he wanted nothing to do with him. To do this, he would have to march over land to Tenochtitlan but getting there would not be easy. Between him and the Aztec capital stood the mighty Aztec city of Cholula and the land of the mysterious and fero…
 
In the lead up to the Spanish arrival in Mexico, the Aztec witnessed a series of ominous omens. They included strange two-headed men, pillars of flame and ghostly voices. In this episode we examine these and what impact they had on their interpretation of the arrival of the Spaniards. Meanwhile Cortez reaches Southern Mexico and take stock of his s…
 
While the conquistadors were off exploring and conquering the Americas, back in Spain change was afoot. Ferdinand and Isabella both died within the first couple of decades of the 1500s, and this set off an ugly political struggle. The end result was that Spain would come under control of a new family of kings, and would become part of a much larger…
 
When Ponce de Leon was not off exploring, he spent most of his time on the island of Puerto Rico. Despite having conquered it himself with ease however, his life there was far from straightforward. His governorship was challenged by both the indigenous inhabitants who launched a protracted rebellion, and rival Spaniards who hoped to control the isl…
 
In today’s episode the story of Balboa and Tierra Firme comes to an end. The story has already had more than it’s fair share of twists and turns but it still has a few surprises in store. Will Balboa establish his new colony? Will Santa Maria survive D’avila’s leadership? and will they put their differences aside for the common good? Spoiler alert …
 
In part one of this series Balboa managed to somehow usurp not one but two royally sanctioned expeditions to the mainland of the Americas. Not he must keep keep his colonists loyal while also proving to the Spanish king that he should be allowed to remain in charge of the colony. What better way to do this than by going exploring and discovering th…
 
Since Columbus’ first discoveries, the Spanish empire had been confined to the island of Hispaniola. In just a few short years that would change with Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Cuba all quickly and easily coming under their control. This episode tells the story of how they did it. We have met some of its characters before - like Pinzon and de las Cas…
 
In part one we looked at the institutions the Spanish were creating in their colony, and much of what they did was not pleasant for the island’s native inhabitants. Today we will continue our exploration of early Hispaniola by having a look at some of the push back against this. We will talk about the slave revolts and that of the Taino under Enriq…
 
Being the first new world colony that the Spanish established, Hispaniola was a grand experiment. Today we take a look at how it was turning out under the rule of its third governor Nicolas de Ovando. His rule was a time of rapid growth, despite the fact that he had to deal with both a hurricane and an earthquake. This was also a pivotal time for t…
 
Despite being arrested and sent back to Spain to face punishment, Columbus was not done yet. He managed to wrangle himself one last voyage of discovery. Perhaps he shouldn’t have bothered pursuading the Spanish monarchy to let him have another go, on the way he will face a hurricane, yet more mutiny and end up stranded on a Caribbean island.…
 
Over the last few episodes we have been busy looking at Spanish activity in the Caribbean, but Portugal’s activities have hardly been mentioned. Today we follow them as they make their first visit in the new world. The story includes first contact with the native Tupi people of Brazil, a great storm that will kill hundreds of people, and the naming…
 
The colony that Columbus founded on Hispaniola was by this point, well and truely up and running. While it only occupied a tiny part of what would become Spanish America, the foundations for empire were being laid. Today we take a step back from the story and examine what these foundations looked like. There were three things that would have a prof…
 
Columbus’ third voyage was less about exploration and more about the governance of his fledgling colony. Despite this he would reach the American mainland for the first time and venture further south than he had before. Meanwhile, things in the colony were not going well and things were slipping out of Columbus’ control.…
 
After years of trying, Columbus had finally secured funding to set off across the Atlantic. What happened next is known to almost everyone in Western world. Columbus reached the Americas and began the process of European colonisation. The details of his journey however, are rather less known and this episode tells its story. Along the way he will f…
 
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