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12 June 2016


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Great episode as usual, blahblahblah you're the best, thank you so much. I was just wondering if the discovery of all this gold and silver in the new world affected the global market or caused anyone problems. In the past we've seen that flooding the market with land or paper money has severely depressed the value of such, and led to speculation shenanigans. Was just wondering if any of this was going on.


As a Brazilian myself, it's interesting how, despite how close and intertwined our story and the Spanish America is we never got the full story about their development and independence. For example, we learned a whole lot about the Treaty of Tordesillas, but not the Treaty of Alcáçovas. looking forward to learning a lot!

Also, I didn't want to sound too pedantic after last week's show and complain about the pronunciation of Simón Bolívar's name, but Mike fixed it, it's all great now. Keep it up!

Luis Hartmann

Great episode. Grat sinthesys of the formation of " El Virteinato de La Nueva Granada" . liked.

Please in your map, when possible try to correct the name of BOGATA. IT is BOGOTA ( or historically, Santa Fé de Bogotá)

Luis Hartmann

Correction " VIRREINATO"



Really enjoying this and stunned that a Jesuit priest expelled from New Granada wound up in London. How did that happen? Looking forward to next week's episode.


Looking forward to the rest of the series!

Meanwhile, a few Spanish pronunciation tips:

tierra - tea-AIR-ra (3 syllables), not tier-a
de - deh, not day
Cartagena - Car-ta-HEN-a, not Car-ta-HAYNE-ya


Yes if you don't see a tilde above the "n" it's just a regular "n" sound.

Rene Borbon

Great show. I still haven't made it through History of Rome yet, but listened to this episode. Really enjoyed hearing the history of Gran Colombia as you presented it. I've spent a lot of time in Colombia, having visited Santa Marta and Bogotá, including Simon Bolivar's homes there.

I'm fascinated by the Rio Magdalena. I visited the headwaters of the river at the point it enters the sea. It was mesmerizing to see this powerful river mix with the Caribbean Sea.

Keep up the great work Mike



Wow, that was the most... Let's say 'generous' description of the Jesuits I've heard in a long time

You made it sound like they were holy luminaries that were just way too tolerant and awesome for the evil secular monarchy to tolerate anymore. Though they had a few decent traits, this leaves a lot out of the story of a group associated with a lot of negative history.

I'd suggest people read into it, as it's a fascinating topic, but suffice to say Spain was only the latest in a series of countries who booted or suppressed the Jesuits (and not for being bastions of learning and truth), a theme which continued until they were temporarily suppressed even by the papacy itself.


WOOHOO!! Has no one else noticed the big headline at the top of the homepage? We're getting 1848 next!!! I was so worried Mike was going to skip that one; if I'd had the money, I would have paid him the $10,000 and requested that one. I've never in my life found a book that makes that year comprehensible to me; the Duncan treatment is badly needed on this neglected part of history.

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