Easy Podcast: Pedro Albizú Campos: el puertorriqueño que desafió el imperio - Easy Español

Pedro Albizú Campos

Pedro Albizú Campos was a Puerto Rican attorney and politician who became a leading figure in Puerto Rico’s fight for independence. Also known as “Don Pedro” and “el último libertador de América”, Campos spent 26 years in prison for his attempts to overthrow the United States ruling on the island.   Click play to learn more about his story and…

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Easy Podcast: La Venus de Valdivia - Easy Español

La Venus de Valdivia

The archaeological culture of the Valdivia dates back to the Pre-Columbian era, and its remains can be found on the western coast of Ecuador. Among the many artifacts recovered from the Valvidia culture, no other has captured the attention of the world as the “Venus”, feminine ceramic figures. Each figurine is unique and some characteristics, such as their hairstyle,…

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Easy Podcast: El Tahuantinsuyo - Easy Español

El Tahuantinsuyo

The term “Tahuantinsuyo” comes from Quechua, it translates as “The Four Regions”, and it was the name given by the Incas to their territory, which it extended across parts of Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. The achievements of the Inca Empire in terms of art, architecture, agriculture, and record-keeping systems were numerous and…

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Easy Podcast: Cómo se construyó el Canal de Panamá - Easy Español

Cómo se contruyó el Canal de Panamá

Officialy opened in 1914, the Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, allows for safer passage for ships and reduced travel time, and it is considered one of the greatest works of engineering of the 20th century. Click play to listen and learn more about its history and the human and financial costs involved in the construction…

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Los Amantes de Sumpa - Easy Español

Los amantes de Sumpa

Some years ago a group of archaeologists discovered a cemetery in the Sumpa area of Ecuador in which they found the skeletons of a young couple that have been buried together while embracing approximately 6000 years prior. This couple known as “los amantes de Sumpa” now rests in a museum erected to protect their burial site where the history of the…

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La Santería - Easy Español

La Santería

Santeria was born out of the merging of the Yoruba religion and European Catholicism when the Yoruba were enslaved and brought to Cuba and Brazil to work on sugar plantations. While pretending to accept Catholic teachings, the Yoruba people found ways to preserve their own belief system by syncretizing their Orishas (deities) with the Catholic…

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Easy Podcast: ¿Quiénes son los garífunas? - Easy Español

¿Quiénes son los garífunas?

The Garifuna are a mixed African and indigenous people (Arawak and Callinagu) originally from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent who resisted European settlement until the 18th century. After surviving many wars and displacements, the current majority of Garifuna descendants reside in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and even the United States. Click play and learn more about…

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