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.
1540-1542 Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
leads an expedition to find the Seven Cities of Cibola.
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.