Francisco Vàsquez de Coronado

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Coronado, Francisco Vàsquez de


Born 1510; died 1547 or 1554. Spanish conquistador.

In 1540, while he was governor of Nueva Galicia (the north-western part of Mexico), Coronado led a large expedition aimed at conquering the mythical country of the “Seven Cities” to the north. The expedition discovered the mouth and lower course of the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, the southeastern spurs of the Rocky Mountains, the upper course of the Rio Grande River, and the Pecos, a tributary of the Rio Grande. In 1541, Coronado was the first to cross the Great Plains, traveling as far as 40° N lat. During this trip he crossed the Arkansas and Kansas rivers and may have reached the lower bounds of the Missouri.

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North Americans have been riding for pleasure for the past five centuries, ever since Hernan Cortes brought the first horses to Florida in 1538, followed by explorers such as Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and Hernando de Soto.
Pointing his horsemen in the direction from which they had come, he led them back toward his commander, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado.
He draws from information he gathered for newspaper and magazine columns about New Mexico and its history, providing biographies of figures such as Diego de Vargas, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Billy the Kid, George Curry, Ulysses S.
Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado wrote about his travels in 1541 through the territory as did English naturalist Thomas Nuttal.
Another park that tells the story of the early Spanish exploration of the American Southwest, Coronado National Memorial marks the countryside where explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado first led his detachment into Arizona in 1540 during the search for the fabled "Seven Cities of Cibola.
The arrival of Spanish explorer- conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado ushered in the period of Spanish settlement and influence, and as Interhostel participants travel from Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Taos, they discover and discuss these cultural influences.
An additional description is provided by a footsoldier of the Francisco Vasquez de Coronado expedition, Pedro Castaneda, who recorded in 1541: `There are paths down to these [streams], made by the cows [bison] when they go to the water, which is essential throughout these plains'.
More than 450 years before, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado strode this riverbank on his journey to immortality.