Alonso Alvarez de Pineda is the first explorer to map the Texas coast.
10th Nov, 1528
Cabeza de Vaca was Shipwrecked
Cabeza de Vaca was shipwrecked on the coast of Texas near Galveston.
1st Jan, 1541
Coronado Passes through the Panhandle
Franisco Vasquez de Coronado crosses through part of the Texas panhandle.
1st Jan, 1581
First Recorded Expidition Passes through the El Paso Area
The first recorded expition, or entrada, passes through the El Paso area led by Antonio de Espejo
Onate holds the First Thanksgiving Feast
A ceremony of Thanksgiving was held near present-day El Paso by Juan de Onate and the Tigua Indians.
The First Missionaries Arrive in Texas
Two Spainsh missionaries traveled to San Angelo to instruct Jumano Indians about Christianity.
The Spanish Established Two Missions
Fray Garcia and Fray Benito established the missions of San Fansisco de la Toma and La Soledad.
The Fisrt Spanish Missions were Established
Spanish and allied Indians, fleeing from an uprising, establish three missoins in the El Paso area, including Corpus Christi de la Ysleta, Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion del Socorro, and San Antonio de Senesu.
La Salle Arrives in Texas
Rene Robert Cavalier Siur de la Salle, looking for the mouth of the Mississippi River, arrives in Texas and establishes Fort Saint Louis. He is later killed by his crew on March 19, 1689
De Leon finds the ruins of Fort Saint Louis
Spanish general Alonso de Leon finds the remains of Fort Saint Louis and, fearing French intentions to claim Spanish land, he begins to try and settle, and create missions.
Construction Begins on the First East Texas Mission
The first East Texas mission was San Fransisco de las Tejas, near present day HOuston County. The mission closes in 1693.
The Spanish Build A Presidio
The Spanish built the presidio Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Tejas to protect the East Texas Missions.
San Antonio de Valero is Established
The San Antonio de Valero mission, of which the building is known as the Alamo was the chapel, is founded in San Antonio.
San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo mssion
The San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo mission in founded near San Antonio de Valero.
Three East Texas Missions are Moved
Three East Texas missions are moved to San Antonio because of economic troubles. Thier new names are Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, San Fransisco de la Espada, and San Juan Capistrano.
Fifty Five Islanders Arrive in San Antonio
Fifty Five Canary islanders arrive in San Antonio to establish a civillian settlement.
The First Election in Texas is Held
In the first election held in Texas, voters choose officials of the municipal government of San Fernando.
The Missions at San Antonio Produce Cotton
The missions at San Antonio are producing several thousand-pounds of cotton anually.
Santa Cruz de San Saba is destroyed
Santa Cruz de San Saba mision is destroyed and eight residents are killed by Comanches and their allies.
The First Recorded Texas Hurricane
Texas' first recorded hurricane strikes near Galveston.
Settlers Establish a Civillian Community
A group if settlers ked by Antonio Gil Y'baro establishes a civillian community near an abandoned mission site; a new town called Nacogdoches.