Christopher Columbus had discovered the New World/West Indies
Cabeza de Vaca
Pineda went out to map the Gulf of Mexico. he did not finish his mission. Some his men were arrested by Cortes, who say the explorers as a threat to his mission.
Coronado explored the Great Plains 1540-1542. He was known for exploring the pan handle.
Through 1528-1536 Cabeza de Vaca had a shipwreck while he was looking for gold. He was the the 1st explorer and 1st surgeon. He had also ran into the Karankawas and told stories about the seven cities of gold.
In 1685-1687 La Salle was known for Looking for the Mississippi River but ended up at a different place. He was murdered by his own men because they didn't want to be there any longer .
Let's kill him
In 1521 Cortez conquered the Aztecs. He became the first ''Governor'' of New Spain (Mexico)