Spanish Explorers

Spanish Explorers

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  • Chistopher Columbus an Italian explorer for Spain, landed in the Americas in 1492. He was looking for a safer and faster route to Asia.
  • In 1519 Pineda set out form Jamaica to map the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. He was also the first European to map the Texas coast.
  • Hernan Cortes and his men were viewed as gods to the Aztecs. He overthrew the Aztecs by enemy Aztecs.
  • Cabeza de Vaca was ship wrecked from a hurricane and he and his men became medicine men for Indian tribes. He and 3 other men went to Mexico and told stories about the city of gold 
  • Coronado and 1000 men went on a search for the city of gold in 1540, they found the Grand Canyon, Pacific Ocean, and present day Kansas, but they never found it.
  • La Salle established Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay. At the fort they ran out of supplies, and many people died of hunger, disease and the nearby Indians. When La Salle and his men went back to Canada one of his men killed him.
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