European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • Christopher Columbus 1492, Italian explorer for Spain,He landed on San Salvador in October 1492.He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia.
  • Alonso Alvarez de Pindea 1519,mapped the Texas coast.His ship came from Jamaica ,he is the first European explorer to map the Texas coast .
  • Hernan   Cortes 1519, he is from Cuba,Aztec viewed him and his men like gods because of horses,firearms ,and metal armor . Conquered the Aztecs for gold and silver.Made Aztecs powerful and rich.
  • Cabeza   DE   Vaca 1526 , He explored Florida for the Narvaez expedition , he shipwrecked on Galveston Island. The Karankawa  provided them food and shelter , and in 1536 he arrived in Mexico city telling stories/lies of the fabled city of gold (cibola)
  • Coronodo 1540, him and more than 1000   men went in search for the fabled city of gold . instead of finding the city of gold they found the Grand Canyon , the Pacific  ocean , and present day Kansas
  • La Salle ( Robert) , He was a famous french explorer ( from France ), in 1648 arrived in Texas - Madagorda Bay(Texas Coast). He was killed by his own men , in 1687 out of the original 400 only 45 survived 
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