The Explorers Podcast

The Explorers Podcast
Hosted by Matthew Breen
Explorers is a regular podcast focusing on the great explorers in history. We look at the lives and accomplishments of some of the most extraordinary people the world has every seen.
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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 1

In Part 1 of our series, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark prepare to lead the Corps of Discovery west in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean. In this episode, we go into the background of the Louisiana Territory, discuss the man most responsible for the expedition (Thomas Jefferson), and look into the backgrounds of Lewis and Clark. We then get the two men to St. Louis as they assemble their expedition – and prepare to head into the unknown.




Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 3

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May 17, 2018 • In January of 1890, Nellie Bly sailed from Japan in her race around the world. And while the ocean voyage would present its own challenges, a massive snowstorm in the American...

| May 17, 2018

Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 2

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May 10, 2018 • Delayed ships, monsoons and other obstacles test journalist Nellie Bly as she travels from France to Asia, Meanwhile, her rival in the race around the world, Elizabeth Bisland,...

| May 10, 2018

Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 1

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May 3, 2018 • In 1888, a New York Journalist, Nellie Bly, began a journey to civrcumnativage the globe. Her goal was to best Phileas Fogg - the hero of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80...

| May 3, 2018

Pytheas and the Circumnavigation of Britain

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March 1, 2018 • In about 325 BCE Pytheas of Massalia begins one of the first great voyages of discovery when he sets out into the land of the Celts to find the legendary island of Britain. In the...

| March 1, 2018

Christopher Columbus – Part 7

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February 19, 2018 • In the final episode in our seven-part series on Christopher Columbus, the Admiral and his crew find themselves stranded on the island of Jamaica. Learn more about your ad...

| February 19, 2018

Christopher Columbus – Part 6

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February 1, 2018 • Columbus sets out on his fourth and final voyage. This time he's been ordered to find a passage to Asia - a voyage that will take him along the Central American coast....

| February 1, 2018

Christopher Columbus – Part 5

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December 20, 2017 • In his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus searched out the rumored lands to the south - and in the process, discover the South American continent....

| December 20, 2017

Christopher Columbus – Part 4

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November 14, 2017 • Part 4 in our series on Christopher Columbus details his exploration of Cuba and Jamaica, plus his subjugation of Hispaniola....

| November 14, 2017

Christopher Columbus – Part 3

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November 2, 2017 • Christopher Columbus heads to the New World for a second voyage. This time he has 17 ships and more than 1,200 men. The object is to establish a viable commercial enterprise in...

| November 2, 2017

Christopher Columbus – Part 2

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October 5, 2017 • Christopher Columbus sets off on his historic first voyage - one that would become the most important voyage of discovery in history....

| October 5, 2017

Christopher Columbus – Part 1

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September 19, 2017 • Christopher Columbus tries to secure backing for an expedition to cross the Atlantic in a daring attempt to reach Asia....

| September 19, 2017

Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River – Part 2

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September 8, 2017 • Francisco de Orellana heads down the Amazon River in a desperate bid to return to civilization....

| September 8, 2017

Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River – Part 1

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May 8, 2017 • Francisco de Orellana and Gonzalo Pizarro head over the Andes in search of El Dorado - the City of Gold. Instead, they only find death, forcing Orellana to begin a desperate 4,000...

| May 8, 2017

Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleet

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April 25, 2017 • Zheng He commands the legendary Chinese Treasure Fleet, which sailed the Indian Ocean in the 15th century...

| April 25, 2017

Étienne Brûlé and the Exploration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River

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February 20, 2017 • Étienne Brûlé, the most famous of the Coureur de bois, explores the lands around the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes....

| February 20, 2017

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – Part 2

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February 9, 2017 • In one of the greatest journeys of survival - and exploration - ever recorded, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a 2,500 mile trek across Mexico in a bid to return to Spanish...

| February 9, 2017

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – Part 1

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February 2, 2017 • Stranded and alone in modern day Texas, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a remarkable eight year struggle to return home....

| February 2, 2017

Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition

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January 24, 2017 • Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez heads to Florida in search of gold - only to find lots and lots of misery....

| January 24, 2017

Bartolomeu Dias and the Cape of Storms

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January 12, 2017 • Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias becomes the man to round the southern tip of Africa....

| January 12, 2017

Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger River – Part 2

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January 9, 2017 • Mungo Park returns to West Africa with a large expedition, determined to map the Niger River and find the city of Timbuktu...

| January 9, 2017

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