European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • Christopher Columbus An Italian explorer for Spain,Landed in the Americas.He was looking for a faster safer route to Asia
  • In 1519 Pineda was set out from Jamaica to map the Gulf of Texas,He was the first European to observe the Texas Coast,some of his men were arrested by Hernan Cortes.
  • Cortes was sent modern day Mexico  by the governor of Cuba,the Aztecs viewed Cortes and his men as gods, he overthrew the Aztecs with the help of Aztec enemies, sent gold and silver to Spain which made them very rich, he established a base that gave Spain a base of operations.
  • Cabeza de Vaco was exploring Florida in 1526 he but got hit by a hurricane, he survived but was on Galveston island, he was brought in by the Karakawa that gave him food and shelter, he was a medicine man and was a laborer, he traveled tribe to tribe with his knowledge of medicine,he told stories about the golden city Cibola.
  • Coronado and a thousand other men went on an search for Cibola the golden city but never found it in 1540, but ended up finding the Grand Canyon,present day Kansas,and the Pacific Ocean.
  • La salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi river in 1682,in 1685 he established Fort St.Louis at Matagorda Bay,he ran out of supplies and most of the colonists died of hunger and disease and some were killed by the Karakawas,he was murdered by one of his men.
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