European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • 1492 Christopher Columbus An Italian explorer for Spain,He landed in the Americas,looking for a faster  and safer route to Asia.
  • In 1519 Pineda set out from Jamacia to map the gulf of Mexico.He became the first European to observe the Texas coast and mapped the coast of Texas.Some of his men were arrested by Hernan Cortes.
  • Cortez was to to present day Mexico in 1519.The Aztecs viewed Cortez and his men as gods because of his horses armor and weapons.With the help of the Aztecs enemies  and the Spanish they overthrew the Aztecs.This gave Spain a base of operations.
  • In 1528 Cabeza de Vaca and several of his men shipwrecked onto Galveston Island.The Karankawas gave him and his men shelter and food.From 1528 to 1536 Cabeza de Vaca and several of his men traveled across Texas from tribe to tribe as a medicine man to keep friendly relations with the indian tribes.He finally made his way to Mexico city in 1536 He told people of the city of gold
  • In 1540 Coranado  Went to go find the cibola.Coranado split his group in half to ge west and east.They found the Grand Canyon and the Pacific ocean.He also explored all the way into present day Kansas,but he never found the city of gold.
  • La Sal established a fort at Matagorda Bay in 1685.His fort ran out of supplies and people started to sucome to hunger and disease.The Karankawas killed most of the colonist.He was murdered by one of his men while traveling to Canada.
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