Explorers of Texas

Explorers of Texas

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  • Hernan Cortez
  • Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
  • Cabeza be Vaca
  • he and his small army landed in present day Mexico in 1519 and conquered the Aztec Empire. They tore down the Aztec capital, built a new city and called it Mexico.
  • Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
  • where is the gold!
  • He became the first European to explore the Texas coast. He studied and mapped the coast line from Florida to Mexico. He went to Mexico, built a settlement and died there.
  • Juan de Onate
  • He and his crew were on the Nararez expedition. There was a shipwreck and they never finished their expedition. He was one of the ones that survived and was taken in by the Kawakawas . He became a trader and was the first European to explore the Texas interior.
  • La Salle
  • He set out on an expedition in 1540 to find Cibola. When he got to "Cibola" he did not find any gold, instead he met Texas Indians. Coronado and his men became the first Europeans to see West Texas.
  • He was awarded a contract by the king of spain to settle New Mexico. His goal was to Spread Catholicism and search for wealth. He founded what is now New Mexico and its capital in 1598.
  • He set out in 1682 for France. He explored the Mississippi River an dthe
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