Columbus discovered the West Indies in 1492. He started the Spanish exploration in North America (Texas).
Cabeza de Vaca
Where am I?
Cortez conquered the Aztecs in 1521. He inspired others to explore more territory of North America.
Where are these cities of gold?!
Pineda mapped the Texas coast in 1519. He was the 1st to observe and map the Texas Coast.
Where is this?
Cabeza de Vaca was stranded in North America from 1528-1536. He met the Karankawas, and told tales of cities of gold which led to more exploration.
Coronado explored the Panhandle in 1540-1542. He was in Texas looking for the 7 cities of gold. He told about buffalo, villages, and Texas land in the Panhandle.
La Salle was lost and ended up in Texas. He claimed Texas for 2 years for the French. He also got murdered by his own crew. He made the Spanish paranoid and made them more serious about settling Texas and not just exploring it.