1492 Christopher Columbus,an Italian explorer for Spain,Landed in the Americas.He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia
1519 Pineda mapped the coast of the Gulf of Mexico,he became the first European to observe the Texas coast.He did not finish his mission and some of his men were arrested my Hernan Cortes
Hernan Cortez to present day Mexico by governor of Cuba in 1519.The Aztecs viewed him and his men as gods,and they overthrew the Aztec with help of Aztec enemies.This gave Spain a mainland to use for operations.The Aztecs had wealth in gold and silver,and made Spain rich.
Cabeza de Vaca1528 landed (Shipwrecked) on Galveston Bay,and was taken in by the Karankawa. Lived as a medicine man and told the story of Cibola(the 7 cities of gold
In 1540 Coronado and more that 1000 men went in search for Cibola.They found the Grand Canyon and Pacific Ocean.They never found the city.Spanish ignored Texas due to no gold until another country wanted it
1685 established Ft. St. Louis at Matagorda Bay.When he left for supplies hunger,disease and Karankawas killed his men. La Salle was murdered by his own men(1687)