Exploration in Txas

Exploration in Txas

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  • Christopher Columbus (1492)
  • This is not a new trade route but at least we can explore it
  • Cortez (1521)
  • Finally the Gods have come!
  • Pineda (1519)
  • We are here! And we need to go there!
  • Christopher Columbus was supposed to find a faster trade route to India. Instead he opened up the "New World".  He is known for the West Indes and the New World (1492).  The impact on Texas was that he started Spanish exploration.
  • Cabeza De Vaca (1528-1536)
  • Cortez is known for conquering the Aztecs in 1521 and for exploring Mexico . His mission was successful because he conquered the Aztecs and became the first Govenor of New Spain (Mexico) . He impacted Texas by inspiring others to explore North America.
  • Coronado (1540-1542)
  • Cabeza is a liar! There are no 7 cities of gold!
  • He is known for mapping the coast of Texas or what is now the Gulf of Mexico. The Governor of Jamaica ordered him to find trade routes to the Pacific. It was a success since he mapped the coast but also a failure because he found no trade route to the Pacific. The impact on Texas was that he was the first to obseve and map the coast.
  • La Salle (1685-1687)
  • This new land is all ours because Fort St.Louis claims all this land.
  • Cabeza De Vaca also known as the head of the cow, was known for his shipwreck in the Matagorda Bay in Texas on accident.  It ended up being mostly a failure No God, No Glory, No Gold... but he did meet the Karankawas. His impact on Texas was that he told fables of 7 cities of gold which led to more exploration.
  • I think I see a 7th city of gold! 
  • Coronado was known for mapping the Texas panhandle and great plains.  He was looking for the 7 Cities of Gold.  His mission was a failure because he never found any gold, but he did map the panhandle.  He impacted Texas by making the Spanish explorers stop exploring and he shared stories to the Spanish about seas of grass, buffalo, and villages.
  • La Salle was known for French.  He was lost looking for the Mississippi River. Fort St. Louis claimed TX for two years, which made the Spanish paraniod, so the Spanish got more serious about settling in Texas and not just exploring it.
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