christopher columbus was a italian explorer, he landed on san salvador in october 1492.
in 1519 Pineda was First European observe TX coast,he was the first person to to map the coast.
1519 Cortes was was a conquistadors that was sent by the Governor of Cuba. he was sent to present day Mexico. The Aztecs thought that they were gods cause of the horses,fire arms,and the metal armor. With Aztecs enemies they overthrew the Aztecs. Aztecs had a lot of gold and silver which made Cuba vary rich and powerful.
1426 cabeza de vaca was an exploring Florida as a member of the Narvez expedition. The expedition got lost and was forced to make boats to sail back to mexico, but they got caught up in a hurricane and got shipwrecked on Galveston island. The Karankawas gave them food and shelter. The Spaniards died of harsh conditions of south Texas. They had some knowledge about healing so he went arounding using these skills to stay friendly with other Indian trides. when the got back in mexico they told storys about cibloa, a fabled city of gold.
In 1540 Coronado(an conquistador) and over 1000 men was sent off on the search for the city of gold(Coronado Expedition). They found the grand canyon, the pacific ocean, and present day kansas, but never found no gold so they ignored Texas.