Christopher Columbus the Italian explorer for Spain, He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia,He landed on San Salvador in October 1492.
Pineda set out from Jamaica to map the Gulf of Mexico.He was the first european to observe Texas coast.He did not finish his mission.Some of his men arrested by Hernan Cortes, who saw the explorers as a threat to his mission.
The Aztecs viewed Cortes and his men as gods because of their horses,firearms,and metal armor.Eventually ,with the help of the Aztec enemies, the Spanish were able to overthrow the Aztecs.This gave Spain a base of operations.Aztecs also possessed wealth in gold and silver.This was sent back to Spain and made Spain very rich.
Cabeza De Vaca and several men were shipwrecked on Galveston Island the Gulf Indians gave them food and shelter. Many of the spaniards died in the harsh conditions of South Texas. He and his men traveled to Texas from tribe to tribe. He and 3 men arrived in Mexico City.They told people that they found the city of gold.
Coronado and more then 1000 men went in search of the city. They found the Grand Canyon, Pacific Ocean and explored through present day Kansas but never found the gold. The Spanish ignored Texas until another country took interest in the area.