This browser doesn't support Spotify Web Player. Switch browsers or download Spotify for your desktop.

20 | Medieval Exploration and the Age of Discovery

By Wondery / Patrick Wyman

Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and the other important explorers of the early sixteenth century didn't appear in a vacuum; instead, their voyages were the result of centuries of slow, steady exploration in the Atlantic. In today's episode, we explore the medieval background to the Age of Discovery. Beginning in the thirteenth century, sailors had to learn winds and tides, merchants had to learn how to make profits in unfamiliar markets, and governments had to learn to exert control over newly conquered lands.We recommend "Empires of The Sea" by Roger Crowley. Check it out before our upcoming interview with him!Support us by supporting our sponsors!Bombas - Get 20% off your first purchase by going to Bombas.com/TIDES and using promo code TIDES at checkout.Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 towards your mattress order by going to HelixSleep.com/TIDES.Audible - Go to Audible.com/TIDES to tart a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free.

Listen to 20 | Medieval Exploration and the Age of Discovery now.

Listen to 20 | Medieval Exploration and the Age of Discovery in full in the Spotify app