Bernardo de Gálvez: Hero of the American Revolution


This past week, Americans celebrated the 4th of Jult and the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Many factors contributed to the colonists’ unlikely victory over the British, but one of the least known is the role the Spanish played, and, in particular, Bernardo de Gálvez (1746-1786). Gálvez was a tireless and brilliant tactician and strategist, and he led one of the most daring and successful military campaigns of the war. Just what did Gálvez do and how did he impact the war? Enjoy this new podcast from Brian’s Spain Domain and find out more.

The Man Who Would Never Be King: the tragic life and death of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545-1568)

This podcast takes us through the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias, the first son of King Philip II (1527-1598), who was originally destined to succeed his father as ruler of the Spanish Empire. But inbreeding, a childhood full of emotional turmoil, mental health issues and a rivalry with his dad would force Philip to imprison his own son and heir, precipitating his death. It’s a story that would make it to stages and opera houses centuries later. Largely forgotten today, Carlos’ life somehow represents the bizarre and complex practices and inner-workings of this powerful 16th-century dynasty. In today’s podcast, we will mention Charles I of Spain, but mainly his son Philip II, and Philip’s son, Carlos. We will also include María Manuela of Portugal (Carlos’ mother), Philip’s second wife, Mary Tudor (Queen Mary of England), third wife, Elizabeth of Valois and a few others. Hope you enjoy it!

Hungry of Spanish History 3: Bluefin tuna fishing and visiting the coast of Cadiz

3,000 years. Since the days of the Phoenicians, fishermen have been using this unique style known as Almadraba to catch bluefin tuna. Some of the best are caught off the coast of Cadiz. Today’s podcast covers some of the towns and history associated with this fascinating tradition, as well as where to enjoy a little beach weather.

Is it possible to condense 1 million years of Spanish history into 20 minutes? Let’s give it a try.

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Some people like to get just a general overview of what Spanish history is like so that it’s easier to understand the specifics. Today, I’m going to do just that. Do the impossible; pack 1 million years into twenty minutes. It wasn’t an easy task, but I think we pulled it off! Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Everything you wanted to know about Spanish history and were afraid to ask: Who were the comuneros?

500 years ago these poor guys met their fate after leading one of Spain’s most famous uprisings in history. The Comuneros‘ Rebellion in Castile. They have come to represent the everyday man’s fight against oppression. But was that really the case? Check out this podcast and find out.