The History of the Americans

The History of the Americans


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Sidebar: Notes on Thanksgiving
November 25, 2021

This November, it has been 400 years since the traditional First Thanksgiving at Plymouth Colony - Patuxet in 1621. But the history of that collaborative feast of the English and the Wampanoag Indians

Sidebar: Announcements and Some News From History Twitter
November 18, 2021

This episode is off the timeline. We look at the various crimes against humanity to be found on "History Twitter," the idea of pursuing a "useable" history and the perils therein, whether we should re

Epilogues and Consequences: After the Armada and the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke
November 11, 2021

In this episode we wrap up loose ends before moving on down the timeline: What happened after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and what happened after John White left the Roanoke Colony in August 15

The Defeat of the Spanish Armada and the Survival of Protestant England Part 2
November 06, 2021

At some point in the second week of August, 1588, a merchant ship from one of the cities of the Hanseatic League, sailing through the North Sea off the east coast of England, found itself surrounded,

The Defeat of the Spanish Armada and the Survival of Protestant England Part 1
October 28, 2021

On August 28, 1587, John White, the leader of the last Roanoke Colony, climbed on board Edward Spicer’s flyboat and returned to England. His mandate was to secure supplies and more settlers to reinfor

Set Fair for Roanoke Part 4
October 22, 2021

This episode looks at the fate of the 15 settlers Sir Richard Grenville had left on Roanoke Island in 1586, and the expedition of 1587, which Sir Walter Ralegh, John White, and more or less everybody

Drake Burns Down the West Indies and St. Augustine!
October 17, 2021

We are back in the summer of 1585, and careful listeners could hear the ever louder drums of war between Spain and England. In this episode we tell the story of Drake’s voyage to the West Indies in 15

Sidebar: Considering Columbus Counterfactuals!
October 12, 2021

This is our special Columbus Day episode, dropped on "old school" Columbus Day, instead of the "Canadian Thanksgiving" Columbus Day long-weekend holiday. This episode is not actually about the Colum

Set Fair For Roanoke Part 3
October 08, 2021

It is July 1585. Sir Richard Grenville, in command of the first English expedition of colonization to reach the territory that is now the United States, has arrived at the Outer Banks of North Carolin

Set Fair For Roanoke Part 2
October 02, 2021

Sir Walter Ralegh's first attempt to settle the Outer Banks of North Carolina -- the first Roanoke colony, under the command of Sir Richard Grenville -- got off to a rough start. A storm off Portugal