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  • Hernan Cortes
  • Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
  • Alvar Nunez Cabera de Vaca
  • Feb 19 Cortes landed what is now Mexico.Cortes also conquered the Aztec empire.He was searching for the three G's,Cortes left Cuba in 1519.He built Mexico City on top of the ruins of Tenochtitilan which became the capital of New Spain.That increased the empire and wealth of Spain.Spain expanded the empire that covered much of north and south america by 1600.
  • Pineda mission was to map the coastline of Gulf of Mexico and to establish a Spanish colony.He was the first to discover the Texas coastline.Cortez was sent to find a city of gold,cut Pineda's journey short.Pineda was the first European to see and map the Texas coast.Established a settlement near present day Mexico city Tampico.
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