1528 Cabeza de Vaca's expedition was lost and forced to sail back to Mexico. Made boats that got lost in hurricane and shipwrecked on Galveston island. Karankawas took care of him and his crew. Told tales of the city of gold.
1492 Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer for Spain, landed in the Americas. He was looking for a faster and safer route to Asia.
1519 Pineda mapped the Gulf of Mexico. He also was the first European to observe Texas coast. His men were arrested by Cortez.
1519 Cortez and his crew were viewed as gods by the Aztecs. He and the Aztecs enemies overthrow the Aztecs. This gave Spain a mainland to use as a base. They explored North and South America. Sent back gold and silver to Spain.
Coranado and 1000 men went in search or Cibola in 1540. Discovered Grand canyon, Pacific ocean and explored down to Kansas. Ignored Texas until another group took interest
1682 La Salle explored the Mississippi river. La Salle established a fort St.Luis in 1685. WAs killed by his own men on his way back from Canada getting supplies.