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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS - 1492 Columbus set sail to find a short water route to Asia but accidentally discovered The New World. (America)
ALONSO ALVAREZ DE PINEDA - 1519 Pineda was searching for a northern waterway to Asia but instead founded the Rio de las Palms and was one of the first people to see the Texas Gulf.
HERNANDO CORTES - 1519 He was sent to find gold and trade by Spanish rulers but he disobeyed and conquered the Aztec Empire.
CABEZA DE VACA - 1527 Left on an expedition to find gold and treasure. Got abandoned then rescued by Native Americans then became a slave. Escaped then told the hoaxes of the Seven Cities of Gold.
Hernando De Soto - 1537 Went off on an expedition to the the cities of gold. Spent 2 years exploring the Americas and claimed land for Spain.
Robert La Salle - 1679 Left Canada to build colonies in the Americas. Claimed a large portion of land for France and named it Louisiana.
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