The History of the Americans

The History of the Americans


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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

Set Fair For Roanoke Part 1
September 23, 2021

In the spring of 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh, now the chief organizer and promoter of English settlement in North America, dispatched two ships to the Outer Banks of North Carolina on a mission of reconn

The Road to the Roanoke Colonies
September 16, 2021

In this episode we discuss the planning for the first English colonization of North America in the context of England's strategy to resist Spanish hegemony and Protestantism's defense against Catholic

Sir Francis Drake: Around the World in 1018 Days Part 3
September 09, 2021

In this episode we chase Francis Drake and the Golden Hind from the equator, just off the west coast of South America, all the way around the world and back to England. Along the way Drake claims the

Sir Francis Drake: Around the World in 1018 Days Part 2
August 26, 2021

When last we left Drake and company, it was August 1578, and the fleet had spent a good part of the southern winter in the protected harbor at Port Saint Julian, in today’s Argentina, about a hundred