European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • in 1492 Christopher Columbus,  a Italian explorer for Spain sailed the ocean for a safer route to Asia
  • In 1519 alonso Alvarez de pineda traveled from Jamaica to the Gulf of Mexico and mapped the Texas Coast. He was the first European to explore the Texas Coast.
  • *In 1519 Hernen Cortez traveled from Cuba. *The Aztecs viewed Hernan and his men as gods. *They conquered Aztec for their gold and silver so Spain became very rich.
  • In 1526 Cabeza de vaca traveled from Mexico and explored Florida. In 1528 he shipwrecked on Galveston island. The Karankawas provided food and shelter for them but they thought they were treated unfairly. In 1536 he arrived in mexico and told lies about the city of gold.
  • Coronado set out for the city of gold but he never found it instead he found a adobe village. He also found the grand  canyon, Pacific Ocean, and present day Kansas
  • In 1648 La Salle arrived in Texas Matagorda Bay  He and some men left Canada. LA Salle left his men to go get more supplies and when he  returned he was killed by his own men. Only & survived the expedition. Spanish became interested in Texas again and built missions in East Texas.
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