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  • Columbus
  • Cortez 
  • Pineda 
  • In 1492 he found the west indies and he opened up the "new world' to Spanish explorer.  
  • Cabeza de Vaca
  • In 1521 he conquered the Aztecs and became the first governor of New Spain.  
  • Coronado
  • In 1519 the governor of Jamaica ordered to explore this new land to find a way to the Pacific. He mapped the Texas coast.  
  • La Salle 
  • In  1528-1536 he shipwrecked in Texas when he was trying to look for it Florida, but he did meet the Karwankawas. He was Texas' first explorer.    
  • In 1540-1542 he was in the Texas Panhandle looking for the 7 cities of gold. He didn't find it. He told about the buffalo that lived in the area  and the "sea of grass". 
  • In 1685-1687 he got lost looking for the Mississippi River and ended in Texas. He claimed Texas for 2 years but was killed by his own crew. This causes the Spanish to go back to Texas.
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