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Columbus: His goal was to find an easy route to Asia, instead, he found North America.
Asia's gotta be around here somewhere
Pineda: (1519) First European to and explore the Texas Coast and make a map of it.
Cortes: (1519) Aztecs viewed him and his crew as gods, he conquered the Aztecs for cold and silver.
Cabeza de Vaca: (1526) Explored Florida but soon (1528) shipwrecked on Galveston Island. Karankawas provided food and shelter (Slaved them). (1536) Escaped to Mexico telling of fabled cities of gold.
Coronado: (1540) Traveled with 1000 men and discovered Grand Canyon, Pacific Ocean and Kansas. No riches.
La Salle: Famous French explorer. (1648) Arrived in Texas in Matagorda Bay. (1687) 47 survivors of 400. Only 7 survived the expedition. La Salle was killed by his own men.
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