Columbus(1492) discovered the West Indians in 1492. He was known for the west Indians/ new world.He didn't find a faster route to India but, he opened up the new world to Europe.The impact on Texas was- he started the Spanish exploration.
Where are the 7 cities of gold?!
Pineda(1519) was known for the map. He was in Texas ,because the governer of Jamaica ordered him to find a route to explore this new area in order to find a route to the pacific. He mapped the coast, but didn't find a route to the pacific. Impact on Texas was- He was the 1st to observe and map the Texas coast.
I conquered the Aztecs!
La Salle(1685-1687) was known for french. He was in Texas, because he was lost looking for the Missisipi River. The impact was Fort st. Louis (settlement)-claimed TX for the french for 2 years and was murdered by his own crew. The impact on Texas- made the Spanish paranoid -the Spanish got more serious about settling TX and not Just exploring it.
Cabeza De Vaca (1528-1536)
Coronado(1540-1542) was known for the Panhandle (great plains). He was in Texas looking for the 7 cities of gold. He didn't find the 7 cities of gold, no settlements crossed the "sea of grass"(TX panhandle). The Impact on Texas-told about buffalo, villages, TX land in the panhandle.
Cortez(1521) was known for Mexico/Aztecs. His purpose of exploring was to get the 3G's for Spain. He conquered the Aztecs and became the 1st "governor" of New Spain(Mexico). Impact on Texas-inspired others to explore more territory of North America.
Cabeza de Vaca(1528-1536) was known for shipwreck. He was in Texas on accident cause of a shipwreck when looking for gold in FL, Naraez was killed. Impact of expedition-no gold, no glory, but he did meet the Karwankawas, Texas 1st explorer, 1stsurgeon, 1st author with Relacion. Impact on Texas-told tales of cities of gold led to more exploration.