European Explorers

European Explorers

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  • Christopher Columbus,an Italian explorer for Spain,landed in the Americas in 1492. -Looking for a safer and faster route to Asia.
  • Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blues in 1492.
  • Alonso Alvarez De Pineda
  • -He mapped the coast of the Gulf of Mexico -First European to mapped the Texas Coast  
  • Hernan Cortes
  • -With the help of the Aztec enemies,the Spanish were able to overthrow the Aztecs. -Aztec viewed him and his men as gods because of horses and metal armor. -Conquered the Aztecs for their gold and silver.
  • Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
  • -1528,shipwrecked on Galveston Island. -Gulf indians (karankawa´s) provided the food and shelter. -In 1536,arrived in Mexico City;telling stories of the fabled city of gold,Cibola.
  • -Coronado and more than 1000 men went in search for the city of gold in 1540,but never found it. -They found the Grand Canyon -Also found the Pacific Ocean  -Explored all the way into present day Kansas.
  • Franciso Vasquez de Cornado
  • -Of the 400 people,only 7 survived. -On the way back to Canada,La Salle was killed by his own men. -Explored up and down Mississippi River. -In 1645,arrived at Texas-Matagorda Bay.  
  • Robert La Salle
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