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Famous Explorers of Texas.dh

  • Feb 10, 1500

    Alonso Alvarez de Pineda

    Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
    was the first known European to explore and map the Texas coastline
  • Nov 28, 1528

    Cabeza de Vaca

    Cabeza de Vaca
    shipwrecked on what is believed today to be Galveston Island. After trading in the region for some six years, he later explored the Texas interior on his way to Mexico.
  • Juan de Onate

    Juan de Onate
    colonize the region of the upper Rio Grande
  • Robert Cavelier,

    Robert Cavelier,
    established Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay, and thus formed the basis for France's claim to Texas. Two years later, LaSalle was murdered by his own men.
  • Rene Robert Cavelier

    Rene Robert Cavelier
    Sieur de LaSalle was a French explorer who most famously claimed the Mississippi Valley for France. His final expedition was to establish a French base Fort St. Louis in Matagorda Bay near Victoria,Texas.
  • Alonso de Leon

    Alonso de Leon
    reached Fort St. Louis, and found it abandoned, during an expedition planned to reestablish Spanish presence in Texas
  • DeLeon expedition

    DeLeon expedition
    lead several expeditions into coastal south Texas to kick out French, but discovered Fort St. Louis abandoned