Italian explorer and master navigator. in 1492 he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain to santa maria, with the pinta and nina ships alongside, hoping to find a new route to india.
Alvar Nunez Cabez de Vaca
Pineda mapped the gulf course from florida to cabo rojo, mexico, in1519
Francisco Vasques de Coronado
He was a conquistador and he conquered the Aztecs. They were a highly advanced Indian group, that had lots of gold and dint even think of it being valuable. He got their riches after conquering them.
Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle
Cabeza de Vaca was a famous explorer who was captured by karankawa after washing up on their island. He was forced to travel with them and he recorded it all in his notebook. He saw what he thought was cities of gold.
Coronado is famous for discovering the grand canyon and many other land features. He accidentally found them while looking for the lost cities of gold called cibola
n 1682 he was the first European to travel the length of the Mississippi river. He named it after the king and claimed it for France.