Christopher Columbus opened up the new world to europe, he also discovered the west indies. He also started spanish exploration in North America. Although he had many successes he failed to discover a faster route to India.
Cabeza de Vaca
Cortez conquered the Aztecs in 1521. His purpose for exploring was to find Gold, Glory and God for Spain. Out of his many successes he managed to become the first ¨govenor ¨ of New Spain.
Pineda mapped our Texas coast. Jamaica ordered him to explore this new area in order to find a route to the Pacific. he succeeded in mapping our coast but failed to find a route to the Pacific.
Cabeza de Vaca spent years stranded in North America. He was known for his shipwreck and him landing in Texas wasnt planned!! He was looking for Gold In FL, Narvaez was killed, and he failed to collect gold.
Coronado explored the great plains from 1540-1542. He was known for the Panhandle. He was looking for the 7 cities of Gold, Quiviera and Cibola. he failed to collect gold and no settlements crossed the ¨Sea of Grass¨ TX Panhandle. He also told Texas about buffalo, villages and TX land in the panhandle.
La Salle got lost looking for the Mississippi River. Fort St. Louis claimed TX for the French for two year, he was murdered by his very own crew. He impacted Texas by making the Spanish more serious about settling.