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  • Christopher Columbus a Italian explorer for Spain,landed in the Americas in 1492.He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia.
  • Alonso Alvararez de Pineda 1519,Mapped the coast of the Gulf of  Mexico.First European to observe the Texas coast. Mappped the Texas Coast.
  • Let's take this gold   back to Spain!
  • Hernan Cortes 1519,The Aztecs viewed Cortes as a god,because of their armor.With the help of the Aztec enemies,the Spanish were able to overthrow the Aztecs.He got their silver and gold and brought it back to Spain,making Spain rich and powerful
  • GOLD!
  • 1528 Cabeza de Vaca was part of a expedition that got shipwreake on the Galveston Island  and taken by the Karankawas. Years 1528 to 1536 Cabeza de Vaca went to tribe to tribe as a medicen man.1836 he and 3 other men arrived in Mexico City.He told stories about the city of gold.(Cibola)
  • 1540, Coronado and his men went in search for the City of Gold.They found the Great Canyon,The Pacific Ocean,and explored all the way into present day Kansas,but no gold found.Since there was no gold in Texas,the Spanish ignored Texas.
  • Wait a minute,there is no City of Gold here(Cibola) .
  • 1648, La Salle arrived in Texas and later was killed by his men.Only 7 survived,the Spanish became interested on Texas again and built missions in East Texas.
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