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The Explorers Podcast

The Explorers Podcast

Matt Breen

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A podcast about the greatest explorers in history.

Latest Episodes

Marco Polo - Part 4 - The Grand Canal and the City of Heaven

In part 4 of our series on Marco Polo, we take the Venetian explorer along the eastern coast of China, following the extraordinary Grand Canal. For this journey, Marco will visit some of the most wondrous - and populace - cities in the world, including Hangzhou - the City of Heaven. Website and resources: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: 10 American Presidents Podcast: http://www.10usp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32 min1 d ago
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Marco Polo - Part 4 - The Grand Canal and the City of Heaven

Marco Polo - Part 3 - The Mongol World

In part 3 of our series on Marco Polo, we do a dive into the Mongol World, including a look at the Kublai Khan. We then take Marco on his a trek to the most remote corners of China. History Hack Interview: https://historyhack.podbean.com/e/231-history-hack-historys-greatest-explorers/ https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/map4.png Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31 min2 w ago
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Marco Polo - Part 3 - The Mongol World

Marco Polo - Part 2 - The Silk Road

Marco Polo and his family travel the Silk Road to reach the court of the legendary Kublai Khan. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/map3.png People and Places Marco Polo – Venetian merchant and explorer Niccolò Polo – Father of Marco Polo Maffeo Polo – Brother of Niccolò, uncle of Marco Kublai Khan – Emperor of the Mongol Empire Khanbaliq – Capital of Mongol Empire (modern-day Beijing) Hormuz – Port at entrance of Persian Gulf Badakshan – City on Silk Road located in modern-day Uzbekistan Khotan – City in western China (today called Hotan) Shazhou – City on edge of Gobi Desert (today called Dunhuang) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32 min3 w ago
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Marco Polo - Part 2 - The Silk Road

Marco Polo - Part 1

In part 1 of our series, we first take a look at the journey of Marco's father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, who traveled to China and met the great Kublai Khan. We then follow the Polo family as they prepare for a return mission into the heart of the Mongol Empire. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/polo-map1a.png People and Places Marco Polo - Venetian merchant and explorer Niccolò Polo - Father of Marco Polo Maffeo Polo - Brother of Niccolò, uncle of Marco Kublai Khan - Emperor of the Mongol Empire Teobaldo Visconti - Papal Legate in Acre - later Pope Gregory X Venice - City State in Italy. Home of the Polos Constantinople - Former capital of the Byzantine Empire Acre - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Israel Ayes - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Turkey Khanbaliq - Capital of Mongol Empire (modern-day Beijing) Bukhara - City on Silk Road located in modern-day Uzbekistan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25 minSEP 10
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Marco Polo - Part 1

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 4 - Administrator and Investigator

In the conclusion of our series, Brazza spends more than a decade as an administrator in Africa. He will then return to the Congo one final time, in 1905, to investigate the accusations of abuses against the native peoples. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe5.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Congo River - River in central Africa. Livingstone Falls - 220 mile stretch on the Congo filled with rapids and waterfalls. Impassable for most river craft. Malamine Camara - Senegalese marine who would be Brazza's most trusted and capable comrade. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first and second expedition to Africa. Charles de Chavannes - Friend and colleague of Brazza's in Africa. Thérèse de ...

45 minSEP 1
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 4 - Administrator and Investigator

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 3 – The Congo

In part 3 of our series, Brazza returns to Africa, where he will establish two outposts, including one on the Congo River. In the process, he will thwart many of the plans of King Leopold II of Belgium, who wants to make the entire Congo basin his own personal colony. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe5.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Congo River - River in central Africa. Livingstone Falls - 220 mile stretch on the Congo filled with rapids and waterfalls. Impassable for most river craft. Malamine Camara - Senegalese marine who would be Brazza's most trusted and capable comrade. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first and second expedition to Africa. Libreville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Francheville - Outpost established by Brazza at the confluence of the Ogowe and Passa rivers. Malebo Pool - aka the Pool and Stanley Pool. Lake located at the top of Livingstone Falls. Brazza would establish a post here, which would eventually become Brazzaville. Alima River - Tributary of the Congo. Controlled by the Bobangi people. Passa River - Tributary of the Ogowe. Location of Francheville. King Leopold II of Belgium - Monarch who wanted to take control of the Congo basin. Henry Morton Stanley - African explorer and journalist. Had crossed the continent and mapped the Congo River. International African Association - Organization established by King Leopold to help him gain control of central Africa. Makoko - Important Bateke chief who would sign treaty with Brazza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33 minAUG 14
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 3 – The Congo

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa - Part 2 - The Father of Slaves

In part 2 of our series, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza conducts his first African expedition up the Ogowe River. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe3.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Antoine-Alfred Marche - Naturalist on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Victor Hamon - Naval officer who would be the quartermaster on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Libraville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Lambarene - Town on the Ogowe River. Home to Chief Renoke. Renoke - Chief of the Enenga tribe. Enenga - A tribe living along the Ogowe River around the town of Lambarene. Okanda - A tribe living along the Ogowe River. Duma - A tribe living along the Ogowe River. Alima River - Tributary of the Congo. Controlled by the Bobangi people. Passa River - Tributary of the Ogowe. Louis de Montaignac - French admiral who would help Brazza gain admittance into the naval academy. Henry Morton Stanley - African explorer and journalist. Had crossed the continent and mapped the Congo River. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36 minAUG 4
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa - Part 2 - The Father of Slaves

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Part 1

In the first part of our series on Italian-born Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, we take a look at the world of Central Africa circa 1875, including the institution of slavery, and scramble by European powers to explore - and claim the continent. Brazza goes from the son of an Italian noble family, to being an officer in the French navy. He will then prepare to lead an expedition into the African interior - at the age of only 23. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ogowe1.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Louis de Montaignac - French admiral who would help Brazza gain admittance into the naval academy. Libraville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Antoine-Alfred Marche - Naturalist on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Victor Hamon - Naval officer who would be the quartermaster on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29 minJUL 27
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Part 1

Become a Patron of the Explorers Podcast

Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/explorerspodcast Explorers Podcast website: https://explorerspodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2 minJUL 17
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Become a Patron of the Explorers Podcast

Xu Fu and the Exploration of Japan

In 219 BCE, Xu Fu, a Chinese explorer and alchemist, would set out in search of the elixir of life for EmperorQin Shi Huang. Instead, legend says he discovered Japan - and maybe even became the island's first emperor. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/xu-fu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/explorerspod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/explorerspod/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

16 minJUL 12
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Xu Fu and the Exploration of Japan

Latest Episodes

Marco Polo - Part 4 - The Grand Canal and the City of Heaven

In part 4 of our series on Marco Polo, we take the Venetian explorer along the eastern coast of China, following the extraordinary Grand Canal. For this journey, Marco will visit some of the most wondrous - and populace - cities in the world, including Hangzhou - the City of Heaven. Website and resources: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: 10 American Presidents Podcast: http://www.10usp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32 min1 d ago
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Marco Polo - Part 4 - The Grand Canal and the City of Heaven

Marco Polo - Part 3 - The Mongol World

In part 3 of our series on Marco Polo, we do a dive into the Mongol World, including a look at the Kublai Khan. We then take Marco on his a trek to the most remote corners of China. History Hack Interview: https://historyhack.podbean.com/e/231-history-hack-historys-greatest-explorers/ https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/map4.png Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31 min2 w ago
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Marco Polo - Part 3 - The Mongol World

Marco Polo - Part 2 - The Silk Road

Marco Polo and his family travel the Silk Road to reach the court of the legendary Kublai Khan. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/map3.png People and Places Marco Polo – Venetian merchant and explorer Niccolò Polo – Father of Marco Polo Maffeo Polo – Brother of Niccolò, uncle of Marco Kublai Khan – Emperor of the Mongol Empire Khanbaliq – Capital of Mongol Empire (modern-day Beijing) Hormuz – Port at entrance of Persian Gulf Badakshan – City on Silk Road located in modern-day Uzbekistan Khotan – City in western China (today called Hotan) Shazhou – City on edge of Gobi Desert (today called Dunhuang) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32 min3 w ago
Comments
Marco Polo - Part 2 - The Silk Road

Marco Polo - Part 1

In part 1 of our series, we first take a look at the journey of Marco's father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, who traveled to China and met the great Kublai Khan. We then follow the Polo family as they prepare for a return mission into the heart of the Mongol Empire. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/marco-polo/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/polo-map1a.png People and Places Marco Polo - Venetian merchant and explorer Niccolò Polo - Father of Marco Polo Maffeo Polo - Brother of Niccolò, uncle of Marco Kublai Khan - Emperor of the Mongol Empire Teobaldo Visconti - Papal Legate in Acre - later Pope Gregory X Venice - City State in Italy. Home of the Polos Constantinople - Former capital of the Byzantine Empire Acre - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Israel Ayes - City on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Turkey Khanbaliq - Capital of Mongol Empire (modern-day Beijing) Bukhara - City on Silk Road located in modern-day Uzbekistan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25 minSEP 10
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Marco Polo - Part 1

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 4 - Administrator and Investigator

In the conclusion of our series, Brazza spends more than a decade as an administrator in Africa. He will then return to the Congo one final time, in 1905, to investigate the accusations of abuses against the native peoples. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe5.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Congo River - River in central Africa. Livingstone Falls - 220 mile stretch on the Congo filled with rapids and waterfalls. Impassable for most river craft. Malamine Camara - Senegalese marine who would be Brazza's most trusted and capable comrade. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first and second expedition to Africa. Charles de Chavannes - Friend and colleague of Brazza's in Africa. Thérèse de ...

45 minSEP 1
Comments
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 4 - Administrator and Investigator

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 3 – The Congo

In part 3 of our series, Brazza returns to Africa, where he will establish two outposts, including one on the Congo River. In the process, he will thwart many of the plans of King Leopold II of Belgium, who wants to make the entire Congo basin his own personal colony. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe5.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Congo River - River in central Africa. Livingstone Falls - 220 mile stretch on the Congo filled with rapids and waterfalls. Impassable for most river craft. Malamine Camara - Senegalese marine who would be Brazza's most trusted and capable comrade. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first and second expedition to Africa. Libreville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Francheville - Outpost established by Brazza at the confluence of the Ogowe and Passa rivers. Malebo Pool - aka the Pool and Stanley Pool. Lake located at the top of Livingstone Falls. Brazza would establish a post here, which would eventually become Brazzaville. Alima River - Tributary of the Congo. Controlled by the Bobangi people. Passa River - Tributary of the Ogowe. Location of Francheville. King Leopold II of Belgium - Monarch who wanted to take control of the Congo basin. Henry Morton Stanley - African explorer and journalist. Had crossed the continent and mapped the Congo River. International African Association - Organization established by King Leopold to help him gain control of central Africa. Makoko - Important Bateke chief who would sign treaty with Brazza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33 minAUG 14
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa – Part 3 – The Congo

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa - Part 2 - The Father of Slaves

In part 2 of our series, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza conducts his first African expedition up the Ogowe River. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ogowe3.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Antoine-Alfred Marche - Naturalist on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Victor Hamon - Naval officer who would be the quartermaster on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Libraville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Lambarene - Town on the Ogowe River. Home to Chief Renoke. Renoke - Chief of the Enenga tribe. Enenga - A tribe living along the Ogowe River around the town of Lambarene. Okanda - A tribe living along the Ogowe River. Duma - A tribe living along the Ogowe River. Alima River - Tributary of the Congo. Controlled by the Bobangi people. Passa River - Tributary of the Ogowe. Louis de Montaignac - French admiral who would help Brazza gain admittance into the naval academy. Henry Morton Stanley - African explorer and journalist. Had crossed the continent and mapped the Congo River. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36 minAUG 4
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa - Part 2 - The Father of Slaves

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Part 1

In the first part of our series on Italian-born Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, we take a look at the world of Central Africa circa 1875, including the institution of slavery, and scramble by European powers to explore - and claim the continent. Brazza goes from the son of an Italian noble family, to being an officer in the French navy. He will then prepare to lead an expedition into the African interior - at the age of only 23. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/brazza/ Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ogowe1.png People and Places Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Born in Italy, but educated in France. Would join the French navy, and become interested in exploring Africa. Louis de Montaignac - French admiral who would help Brazza gain admittance into the naval academy. Libraville - French outpost in what is modern-day Gabon. Ogowe River (often spelled Ogooué or Ogoway) - River in central Africa that Brazza would explore. Noël Ballay - Doctor on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Antoine-Alfred Marche - Naturalist on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Victor Hamon - Naval officer who would be the quartermaster on Brazza's first expedition to Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29 minJUL 27
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza - Part 1

Become a Patron of the Explorers Podcast

Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/explorerspodcast Explorers Podcast website: https://explorerspodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2 minJUL 17
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Become a Patron of the Explorers Podcast

Xu Fu and the Exploration of Japan

In 219 BCE, Xu Fu, a Chinese explorer and alchemist, would set out in search of the elixir of life for EmperorQin Shi Huang. Instead, legend says he discovered Japan - and maybe even became the island's first emperor. Website: https://explorerspodcast.com/xu-fu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/explorerspod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/explorerspod/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

16 minJUL 12
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Xu Fu and the Exploration of Japan
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