The Latin American History Podcast
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.
Brought to you by Max Serjeant of The Latin American History Podcast
This is the first episode in a series which covers one of the most famous and significant events in Latin American History - the conquest of the Aztec. Today we lay the groundwork for the events to come. We introduce the main characters of our story, and have a look ...
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 ...
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 ...
Today we look at Spanish movement north of Hispaniola. We will follow Ponce de Leon as he explores Florida, as well as Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba and Juan de Grijalva on their trips to Mexico. ...
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 ...