Spanish Explorers

Spanish Explorers
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4th Period Texas History

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  • 1492 Christopher Columbus - an Italian explorer for Spain, Landed in the Americas, 
  • 1519 Pineda - Was the first European Explore to observe the Texas Coast, First explorer to map the Gulf of Mexico
  • 1519 Cortés- The Aztecs viewed him and his men as gods because of their weapons and horses, Took over the Aztecs with help of their enemies, Sent gold back to Spain.
  • 1528 de Vaca- His boat's got caught in a hurricane shipwrecked on Galveston Island, He  met the Karankawas who gave them shelter and food, He traveled tribe to tribe as a medicine man, He told the story of Cibolo / City of Gold
  • 1540 de Coranado - He took one-thousand men to find Cibola / City of Gold,He never found the City of Gold,Found the Grand Canyon, Pacific Ocean, and present day Kansas.
  • 1685 La Salle - He established Ft. St. Lewis, He ran out of supplies and went to get more while he was gone his people had been killed by the Karankawas, Only 7 of 400 people were still alive, One of La Salle men killed him.
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