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.
  • Pineda was sent from Jamaica to map the gulf of Texas.He was the first one to map the Gulf of Mexico
  • 1519 Hernan Cortez,was sent to mexico by the governor to explore North and South America.The Aztecs thought they were gods because of the armor and horses.He had help by the Aztec enemies and overthrew the Aztecs and established a base.
  • Cabeza de Vaca was exploring Florida and got stranded on Galveston island.The Karankawas saved them and gave them food and shelter.He finally made his way to Mexico city and to the story of Cibola,the city of gold.
  • The City of Gold story set off a search led by Coronado.In 1540,he never found the City of Gold,but he did find the Grand Canyon,the Pacific Ocean,and all the way to present day Kansas City.
  • La Salle wanted to build a fort a Matagora bay at the mouth of the Mississippi River.He wanted to establish peace with the Karankawas,but that did't work out.In 1685,they ran out of supplies,and had to travel to Canada for supplies.On his way to Canada,he was killed by his own men.
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