European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • Christopher Columbus a Italian explorer for Spain.He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia.He landed on America  In  October 1492
  • Pineda was the 1st european to map the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico(Texas coast) and view the Texas coast.He also mapped Jamaica, Cabo and Rojo, Mexico in 1519.Some of his men were arrested by Cortez.
  • The Aztecs viewed Cortez and his men as gods because of their horses,metal armor and firearms in 1528
  • Cabeza De Vaca's boat was shipwrecked on Galveston island in 1528.The Karankawas gave them food and shelter
  • Coronado and 1000 men went in search for the gold , but they never found the gold.Instead,they  found a publoan village.The spanish ignored Texas until another countrie took interest in 1684.
  • La Salle reached the Missippi in 1682.St. Louis was established in 1685.On their way back from Canada La Salle was murdered by one of his own men in 1687.The expedition was a failure but it gave France a claim to Texas
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