Episode 6 – The Lion and the Eagle

Cortes heads over to Cholula, where an Aztec conspiracy leads to a bloodbath. Following this, Cortes moves on to Tenochtitlan itself, where he is received with great honors. It is not long before he takes Montezuma prisoner and has him swear fealty to Charles V. The Spanish accumulate a vast amount of treasure and all is well. Or so it seems…

Episode 5 – Divide and Conquer

Cortes is quite a wily character. This episode, he breaks free of Velasquez’s control, founds a city, liberates the Totonacs, defeats and then befriends the Tlaxcalans, and utterly mystifies Montezuma and the Aztecs. If you want to see how 4D chess is really played, just look at Cortes.

Episode 3 – Horror in the Tropics

This episode takes a look at the Spanish conquest of the Carribean Islands, with a particular focus on the island of Hispaniola. We read a great deal of Las Casas, who chronicled the abject misery of the natives in his “A History of the Indies”.

Episode 2 – A New World

The Portuguese may have cornered the market on Africa, but they were about to get eclipsed in a big way by their neighbors to the east – the Spanish. This episode describes the story of the Castilian Atlantic, from 1402 through Columbus’s discovery of the Americas.

Programming Announcement #1

A few brief announcements. First off, episodes will now be uploaded at a pace of 1 per every week and a half – two weeks. To compensate, episodes will be longer, more in depth, and recommended reading will be provided. Also, we will do away with the chapter system and go to a simple system of numbering the podcast. Also, a shoutout to Jamie Redfern!