Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer for Spain landed in the Americas in 1492. he was looking for a safer and faster route to Asia
Alonzo Alvarez de pinada, in 1519 first European to explore the Texas coast and mapped the Texas coast.
The Aztec viewed Cortes and his men as gods because of horses and metal armor. they also found gold and silver witch made Spain very rich.
In 1528 Cabeza de vaca shipwrecked on Galvaston island. The Kararankawas provided them with food and shelter. when he got back to mexico he told stories of cibola the fabled city of gold.
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and more than a 1000 men went in search for the city of gold. They found the grand canyon, present day Kansas and found the pacific ocean but never found the city of gold. Spain ignored Texas because cibola was never found.
la salle went on an expedition in 1685 to establish a colony on the Mississippi river. he tried to get along with the Indians but when he went to get supplies the fort was attacked by the Indians. la salle was killed by his own men on the way to french Canada.