European Explorers

European Explorers
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  • 1492 Christopher Columbus an Italian explorer for Spain. He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia. He landed on San Salvador in October 1492  
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  • In 1519 Pineda set out from Jamaica to map the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. He was the first European to observe the Texas Coast. Some of his men were aressted by Herman Cortez threat to his mission
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  • In 1519 Cortes was sent to present day Mexico by the governor of Cuba. The Aztecs viewed Cortes and his men as gods. Because of everything that protected him and his men. With the help of the Aztec enemies, the Spanish were able to overthrow the Aztec. This gave Spain an area of the mainland to use as a base of operations   
  • In 1526 Cabeza de Vaca was exploring Florida as a member of the Narvaez expedition. The expedition got lost and was forced to build boats to sail back to Mexico in 1528. The boats got caught in a hurricane and Cabeza de Vaca and several men were shipwrecked on Galveston island. The Karankawas Gave them food, water and shelter. From 1528 to 1536 Cabeza de Vaca and several men travel across Texas from tried to tribe. 
  • Francisco de Coronado and more than 1000 other men went in search for the city of gold in 1540 They found the Grand Canyon, the Pacific ocean, and explored all the way into present day Kansas, but never found the city of gold
  • Rene-Robert Cavalier, Sieur La Salle  have explored the length of the Mississippi river in 1685 LaSalle arrive not at the Mississippi river but at the Matagorda Bay in Texas. He built a fort and try to establish friendly relations with the local Indians. Unfortunately they did not get along. The colony also faced problems due to drought in disease. By 1686 only 45 of the original 400 people were still alive along the Indians. Unfortunately they did not get along. The colony also faced problems due to drought  and disease. By  1686 only 45 of the original 400 people were still alive. Along the way LaSalle was killed by his own men, only seven survived 
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