European Eplorers

European Eplorers

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  • Christopher Columbus: italian explorer for Spain he was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia.He landed on San Salvador in October 1492.
  • Pineda: 1519 Pineda set out from Jamaica to map the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, first European to observe the Texas coast some of his men were arrested by Herman Cortes who saw as a threat to his mission.
  •       Hernan Cortes: Cortes was sent to present day Mexico by the governor of Cuba in 1519,the Aztecs viewed Cortes and his men  as gods because of there horses,firearms,and metal armor, with the help of Aztec enemies , Spanish were able to overthrow the Aztecs. This gave Spain as a base of operations the Aztecs also possessed wealth in gold and silver. This was sent back to Spain and made Spain very rich.
  • Cabeza de Vaca:  1526 was exploring Florida as a member of Narvaez expedition. This expedition got lost & were forced to make boats to go back to Mexico, the boats got caught a hurricane and Cabeza de Vaca and several men got shipwrecked on Galveston Island. 1528-1536 Cabeza de Vaca & several men traveled across Texas from tribe to tribe.
  • Francisco Vasquez de Cornado:more than 1,000 men went in search for the city in 154.They found the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Ocean,and explored all the way into present-day Kansas, but never found the city of gold .Since there was no gold in Texas, the Spanish ignored Texas until another country took interest in the area in 1684.
  • La Salle:When La Salle arrived in Texas in 1648 already a famous French explorer had explored the lenth of the Mississippi. convinced the King of France, he set out 4 ships full of supplies and colonists he lost one ship to pirates along the way. 1685 La Salle did not arrive in the Mississippi river he arrived in Matagorda Bay in Texas. lost another ship sandbar in the bay, built a fort tried to establish friendly relations
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