Explorers of Texas

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  • Hernan Cortez
  • This land is our land!
  • Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
  • I shall create a map of this coastline!
  • Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
  • Hernan Cortez and his army settled in Mexico in February 1519. They conquered the Aztec Empire, tore down the capital and collected the treasure of Tenochtitlan. Also, they renamed the capital, "Mexico".
  • Franciso Vasquez de Coronado
  • Alonso Alvarez de Pineda landed in Mexico in 1519. He became the first European to explore the Texas coast. Pineda also created the first map of the Texas coastline.
  • Hernando de Soto & Moscoso
  • Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca joined a large expedition in 1527. His group became the first Europeans to enter Texas. But, the group had a shipwreck and were stranded. Luckily, the Karankawa tribe helped them. Yet a lot of the Spaniards still died. Cabeza de Vaca survived and traveled to Mexico to tell the Spanish of the wonders of Texas.
  • La Salle
  • This shall be France's river!
  • Franciso Coronado and his group were in search of Cibola, but found nothing of a golden city. In 1541, they met a Pawnee named the Turk who guided them to the city, Quivira. There was no gold present there either. Out of anger, Coronado put the Turk to death. Later, Coronado sent a report to the king of the absence of gold.
  • In 1593, Hernando de Soto led an expedition to explore the southeastern part of the U.S. and was joined by Moscoso. Their group became the first Europeans to reach the Mississippi River. Eventually, de Soto died and Moscoso took command. Moscoso led the rest of the group back to Mexico.
  • In 1682, La Salle set out to the Americas in search of new land for France. He explored the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. La Salle claimed the Mississippi River and the surrounding land for France.
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