The Frontier Partisans Podcast
Episode 30 — The Filibusters, Part II — A Dreamer of the Day

Episode 30 — The Filibusters, Part II — A Dreamer of the Day

April 21, 2022

William Walker dreamed imperial dreams, and thousands would die amid the destruction his visions wrought in Mexico and Nicaragua. Including him. Ultimately, his dream would end at the rifle muzzles of a Honduran firing squad.

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Episode 29 — The Filibusters I — Spawned By The Frontier

Episode 29 — The Filibusters I — Spawned By The Frontier

April 15, 2022

Filibuster is a corruption of a Dutch word meaning “freebooter.” As in buccaneer. As in semi-piratical adventurer.

Filibustering is a privately raised and funded military expedition into a country with which America was at peace, for the purpose of fomenting revolution and/or secession. The filibusters would then either run the country as an American-loyal personal fiefdom or seek annexation to the U.S.

Historian Joseph Allen Stout says, “Filibustering was spawned by the frontier and nourished by the spirit of expansionist adventurism that permeated all facets of American society during the 1850s.”

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Episode 28 — Pontiac’s War V — Endgame

Episode 28 — Pontiac’s War V — Endgame

March 6, 2022

There’s no dramatic season finale to Pontiac’s War — and no clear winner, either. The British Empire was able to not only retain but fully secure its new holdings in the interior of North America — but they were forced to reassess their policies toward the native peoples and reverse or mitigate the high-handed policies that had provoked the insurgency in the first place. And the actions the British took to remove Pontiac’s War and to prevent insurgency from breaking out all over again would have massive unintended consequences. Revolutionary consequences.

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Episode 27 — Pontiac’s War IV — The Horrors of War

Episode 27 — Pontiac’s War IV — The Horrors of War

February 23, 2022

Pontiac’s War took on a different character in the forests of western Pennsylvania — territory the British colonists thought of as “the backcountry,” while the Delaware, Shawnee and Mingo of the Ohio Country saw it as lands that had been lost to them — and the edge of an encroaching frontier. The small but devastating raids on the Pennsylvania frontier created widespread terror, and set patterns that shaped frontier history for the next 150 years.

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Episode 26 — Pontiac’s War Part III — The Siege of Fort Detroit

Episode 26 — Pontiac’s War Part III — The Siege of Fort Detroit

February 6, 2022

Pontiac’s forces besiege Fort Detroit. Treachery and bloody firefights and ambushes ensue. The war that would shape the North American frontier is underway in earnest.

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Episode 25— Pontiac’s War — The Posts Fall

Episode 25— Pontiac’s War — The Posts Fall

January 24, 2022

The Siege of Detroit begins, and British posts fall like dominos through the Great Lakes and Illinois Country.

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Episode 24 — Pontiac’s War — An Introduction

Episode 24 — Pontiac’s War — An Introduction

January 6, 2022

Victorious in the French & Indian War, Great Britain sought to assert its dominance over the interior of North America. The Indian peoples of the region did not see themselves as a conquered people. As British officials sought to reset terms of trade relationships, trouble began brewing — trouble that would, in 1763,  rip open the frontier in a spasm of extreme violence.

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Episode 23 — Frederick Russell Burnham — Gold Rush, War and Fortune

Episode 23 — Frederick Russell Burnham — Gold Rush, War and Fortune

December 18, 2021

After tragedy in Rhodesia, Frederick Russell Burnham and his family pulled up stakes and sought fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. But the quest for fortune would be interrupted by the trumpet call of war, and Brunham would return to Africa to serve as Chief of Scouts for the British Army in South Africa.

Further reading:

Scouting On Two Continents — Frederick Russell Burnham

A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russel Burnham — Steve Kemper

The Boer War — Thomas Pakenham

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Episode 22 — Frederick Russell Burnham — The Matabele Wars

Episode 22 — Frederick Russell Burnham — The Matabele Wars

November 29, 2021

Frederick Russell Burnham dreamed of Africa. In 1893, he and his wife Blanche and their young son Roderick set out to make those dreams a reality — and they rode straight into war.

 Further reading:

Scouting On Two Continents — Frederick Russell Burnham

A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russel Burnham — Steve Kemper

An American Family on the African Frontier — Mary and Richard Bradford

Matabele: The War of 1893 and the 1896 Rebellions

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Episode 21 — Frederick Russell Burnham — The Making of a Scout

Episode 21 — Frederick Russell Burnham — The Making of a Scout

November 16, 2021

Frederic Russell Burnham was a romantic who aspired from his youth to be a frontier scout. On his own on the Arizona frontier as a teenager, he apprenticed to old-timers and trained himself in the skills he prized — and tested himself in feud and on patrol in the late days of the Apache wars.

Further reading:

Scouting On Two Continents — Frederick Russell Burnham

Taking Chances — Frederick Russell Burnham

A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russel Burnham — Steve Kemper

 

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Music: Blue Frontier by Jim Cornelius

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Further reading: To the Banks of the Zambezi by T.V. Bulpin

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