Discovering America Podcast


This podcast will be a history narrative collected from various sources. I will be covering the stories of events and people that played a part in creating America. My goal is to give the listener an entertaining dialog of history and walk away (or ear away) with a, I didnt know that, feeling.


  • 137-Colonization of Rhode Island part five

    137-Colonization of Rhode Island part five

    11/04/2020 Duración: 50min

    The Rhode Island’s government had to stand its ground against the on slot of those who tried to take away its territory. What finally arrives is the charter of 1663; I think we made it, well sort of.

  • 136-stay safe

    136-stay safe

    25/03/2020 Duración: 03min

    Time on your hands? Listen to a podcast. Above all stay safe during these unsettling times.

  • 135-A Christmas Story by Richard Armour

    135-A Christmas Story by Richard Armour

    16/12/2019 Duración: 24min

    I read a Christmas story entitled, “the Year Santa Went Modern,” written by Richard Armour. May you have a great time during the holidays with family and friends and may the New Year fulfill everything good you envision.

  • 134-Letter by Sir Henry Vane-1653

    134-Letter by Sir Henry Vane-1653

    03/12/2019 Duración: 05min

    A letter written by Sir Henry Vane sent to Roger Williams wondering why the people of the Plantations and Aquidneck could not see their way through their differences and become a union of one government.

  • 133-a colonial document written in Dec 1647

    133-a colonial document written in Dec 1647

    23/11/2019 Duración: 08min

    The colonial settlers and leaders were trying to set a government through their own general assemblies far away from the mother country of England, a representative type from the local communities of freeman and landholders. This is one of those documents that describe their intent and a favor of their time.   

  • 132-Colonization of Rhode Island part four

    132-Colonization of Rhode Island part four

    14/11/2019 Duración: 42min

    You would think that the charter of 1644, the plantations and Rhode Island had all they needed to move forward but, that was not the case. The Bay (or Massachusetts) or Plymouth felt that their jurisdiction covered more of the Narragansett Bay. Then the charter of 1647 comes along, now we have clarity but, wait there’s more, claims still persist and throw in William Coddington, who would be king and the mess continues. There were those in the Plantations that didn’t believe in magistrates to keep law and order. What will they do?

  • 131-Colonization of Rhode Island part three

    131-Colonization of Rhode Island part three

    15/08/2019 Duración: 43min

    Unlike Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the plantations just did not have a firm foundation of government, which gave Massachusetts reasons to find ways to incorporate those lands under their jurisdiction. It also didn’t help that people like Samuel Gorton had beliefs that didn’t quite match up with those Puritans in Boston and sometimes even upset Roger Williams. The Gortonists purchased land from the Indians far away from everybody else in hopes that they would be left alone but, Massachusetts had other ideas and then the process and treatment against this religious group is disturbing.

  • 130-Colonization of Rhode Island part two

    130-Colonization of Rhode Island part two

    16/07/2019 Duración: 45min

    The separation of Williams’ plantations settlements and Coddington’s Rhode Island settlements from that of the more pronounced settlements of Massachusetts and Plymouth was having its toll. There were those in Williams’ camp that wanted the safety and governmental arm that Massachusetts could furnish. Williams sailed off to England with the intent to receive a charter bring the colonies together under one roof. He arrived only to find England in turmoil. He was a man of means, with charter in hand he sailed home.

  • 129-Colonization of Rhode Island

    129-Colonization of Rhode Island

    22/05/2019 Duración: 38min

    The other English colonies didn’t like the opinions or the teachings of Roger Williams and it was decided he must go. He headed off to plant a colony away from the rest of society although, many found his presents more favorable and made their way to his new land called Providence.

  • 128-A Letter Home from Richard Ffrethorne

    128-A Letter Home from Richard Ffrethorne

    27/03/2019 Duración: 10min

    A letter sent home from a young indentured servant expressing his situation and begging for money so he could come back home.

  • 127-Maryland Colonization part four

    127-Maryland Colonization part four

    20/03/2019 Duración: 48min

    The final parts describing Maryland really comes down to a few major items, the succession of the Calverts through the years. The conflicts between government and citizens, starting in Virginia, Bacon’s rebellion, an action that could have spilled over into Maryland’s own governmental uneasiness, and throw in the wars in Europe that added to the contention against Cecilius Calvert’s (second Lord Baltimore) religion.

  • 126-Maryland Colonization part three

    126-Maryland Colonization part three

    20/02/2019 Duración: 40min

    Lord Baltimore had control of Maryland but, this was short lived. The disputes in Europe lead some to take advantage of the New World’s venerability. It didn’t help matters with the execution of Charles I. Claiborne and this time with the assistance of Richard Ingle put the strong arm upon Maryland. Once Oliver Cromwell became the Lord Protector in England, matters about the validity of Baltimore’s charter was finally laid to rest. Maryland was now its own province.

  • 125-Maryland Colonization part two

    125-Maryland Colonization part two

    29/01/2019 Duración: 38min

    William Claiborne sailed over from England in 1621, became secretary of the province and was later appointed treasurer of Virginia for life. He created a trading post on Kent Island, a convenient place for trading with the Indians, far up the Chesapeake Bay. In 1634 new settlers landed in this area and created a new province naming it Maryland. This group had a charter authorized by the King, taking away land that was considered part of Virginia and this would include Kent Island. So starts the mud flinging between Claiborne and Lord Baltimore.

  • 124-Maryland Colonization

    124-Maryland Colonization

    09/01/2019 Duración: 46min

    King James I was gracious enough to grant Lord Baltimore or George Calvert a stretch of land at the South Eastern promontory in Newfoundland a region that was known as Ferryland. It was great in the beginning but, a little on the cold side for his likely. He asked the new king, Charles, for a territory located in a warmer climate. The suggested area was Carolina but, in steps William Claiborne who already had his eye on this land. Next was the land area North of Jamestown, it was ripe for the settling. Yes, it was part of Virginia, not anymore, it would become Maryland. The worst part, this transferred control of the Indian trade and control of the great waterways connected to the great bay known as the Chesapeake to Lord Baltimore and his difference of religion. The Virginians are not going to be happy with this situation.

  • 123-Jamestown part three

    123-Jamestown part three

    29/11/2018 Duración: 45min

    It seems tough times for Jamestown and Virginia were behind them, not quite. King James annuls the Virginia Company’s charter and then he passes away. The new King, Charles allows them to continue as they were, basically governing themselves in exchange for control of the tobacco trade, sure fair enough.

  • Thanksgiving Message 2018

    Thanksgiving Message 2018

    22/11/2018 Duración: 05min

    Happy thanksgiving, may you enjoy the day with friends and family.

  • Jamestown part two

    Jamestown part two

    17/10/2018 Duración: 40min

    Jamestown and Virginia were having a hard time keeping colonists alive. Jamestown was not located in a prime location. Sanitation and unfit drinking water lead to disease and grave sickness. Yet new colonists continued to pour into the settlements. These new arrivals were not the best sort that England could provide. The streets of England had fewer criminals, Virginia and Jamestown was their new home.

  • 121-Jamestown continued

    121-Jamestown continued

    28/08/2018 Duración: 47min

    After Captain John Smith’s terrible accident, how did this affect the colony of Jamestown, well quite a bit actually. The man kept the colony fed and maintained somewhat friendly terms with the local Indians. Once he left, contentions grew between the Indians and the colonists. The storehouse was in pretty bad shape. The colonists would go through the starving time. Even with the arrival of several ships, surviving another winter looked bleak. Jamestown was abandoned but, just in the nick of time just over the horizon, came new hope to restart it all, Jamestown.

  • A request

    A request

    21/08/2018 Duración: 03min

    A quick update and couple requests to my listeners.

  • 120-New England Expansion part two

    120-New England Expansion part two

    03/08/2018 Duración: 36min

    The New England settlers were still breaking away and creating new colonies. The behavior of Massachusetts was an ache in the side of King Charles II and New Haven wasn’t much better. To bring them back in line he created a rivalry and so Connecticut was given a charter. Did it work? I think when times were tough they stuck together. Such as when the Quakers started making their way across the ocean. The Quakers stood their ground and Charles II backed them up. Religious tolerance was coming to America. And John Eliot was doing his best to teach the Indians the Puritan religion.

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