European explorers

European explorers

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  • Christopher Columbus 1492
  • Christopher Columbus an Italian explorer for Spain,he was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia. He landed in the Americas in October 1492
  • Pineda 1519
  • He became the first European to observe the Texas coast and the he also mapped the Texas coast
  • Hernan Cortes 1519
  • The Aztecs viewed Cortes and his men as gods the Spanish were able to to overthrow the Aztecs with Aztec enemys which made Spain very rich 
  • Cabeza de Vaca 1526
  • Cabeza de Vaca and his men shipwrecked on Galveston island. The Karankawas  gave them food and shelter many of the Spaniards died  in the harsh conditions of south texas. 
  • Cornado 1540
  • Went in search of the fabled city of gold Cibola in 1540 they found the Grand Canyon the Pacific ocean and explored all the way to present day Kansas. 
  • La Salle 1685
  • In 1685 La Salle arrived not at Mississippi river but at Matagorda bay he built a fort and tried to establish friendly relations with the local Indians they did not get along the presence of La Salle did alarm the Spanish they began building missions in east Texas to keep the French out. Even though they did not want Texas they did not want the French to have it.
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