European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • In 1492 Italian explorer for Spain.Christopher Columbus accidentally have discovered the Americas. Landed in San Salvador after originally wanting to find a faster and better route to Asia.
  • Pineda, in 1519 who was traveling from Jamaica who was observing and mapping the Gulf Of Mexico.
  • Hernan Cortez was traveling from Cuba in 1519 to Mexico. The local Aztecs view them as gods, with their armor and firearms.The Aztecs were overthrown and had a great amount of gold which was sent to Spain.This made Spain rich. 
  • In 1528, Cabeza de Vaca, got shipwrecked on Galveston Island.However the Karenkawas were kind, and gave the people shelter. He was able to go to Mexico, then he was told that there was a fabled city of gold in 1536, Cibola.
  • Francisco Coronado sent out to search the city of gold in 1540, with over 1000 men to find the gold. They explored the Grand Canyon, Pacific Ocean, but in the end never found any gold. Spain have never been to Texas in 100 years.
  • French explorer Robert La Salle arrived in Texas in 1658, originally wanting to setup a colony at the Mississippi River, ended up landing in Matagorda Bay, Texas.He attempted to be friendly with the Indians, but they did not get things together.La Salle then decided to go to Mexico to gather materials.But after all, 7 out of 400 people died, and La Salle was killed by his own men
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