European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • 1492 Christopher Columbus,An Italian explorer for spain,landed in the Americas.He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia.
  • 1519,Pineda set out from Jamaica to map the coast of the Gulf of Mexico,he became the first European to observe the Texas coast.He did not finish his mission.some of his men were arrested by Hernan Cortez,who saw the explorers as a threat to his mission.
  • 1519,Aztecs viewed Cortez and his men as gods because of their horses,firearms,and metal armor.with the help of Aztec enemies ,the spanish were able to overthrow the Aztecs.This gave Spain a base of operation.
  • 1526,Cabeza de Vaca was exploring Florida as a member of the Narvaez expedition.The boats got caught in a hurricane and cabeza de vaca and several men were shipwrecked on Galveston.The Karankawas gave them food and shelter.The spanish had some knowledge of healing and used their skills to remain friendly with the various indian tribes.
  • In 1540,Francisco Vasquez de coronado and more than 1000 men went in search for the city.They found the Grand canyon,the Pacific ocean,and explored all the way into present-day Kansas,but never found the city of gold.Spanish ignored Texas until another country took interest in the area in 1684.
  • La Salle was murderd by one of a few remaining people (soldier) on their way back to canada.1687 expedition was a failure but it gave France a claim to Texas.
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