Spanish explorers

  • Jan 1, 1511

    Panfilo De Narvaez

    He helped conquer Cuba in 1511 and he led a spanish expedition to North America where he died in FLorida on the expedition. It was big because he helped Spain conquer the country of Cuba and takeit as theirs.
  • Jan 1, 1513


    was a Spanish conquistador and explorer. He was the first European to see the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean (in 1513), after crossing the Isthmus of Panama overland. He discovered that there were more bodies of water.
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Alonso Alvarez De PIneda

    He was a spanish sailor who sailed for the leader of Jamaica and he and his crew were likely the first europeans in Texas. This was important because he ended up claiming this land for Spains ownership.
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Hernan Cortes

    Cortes sailed with 11 ships from Cuba to the Yucatan Peninsula to look for gold, silver, and other treasures the treasures from the Aztecs were brought to Spain and he was considered a hero. Which was huge because Spain needed the riches.
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Ponce De Leon

    First European to step foot on FLorida which was big because that is where he believed the fountain of youth would be which would bring eternal youth to those who drank from it
  • Jan 1, 1526


    was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who tried to start a colony in North America in 1526. He was the first European colonizer of what is now South Carolina. His attempt to settle the coast of the Carolinas was unsuccessful. Which was big because he was the first from the country to make a big attemp at making a colony in North America.
  • Jan 1, 1526

    Ponce De Leon

    He was the first European tostep foot on Florida and he had the oldest European settlement. It was big because he thought it was where the fountain of youth would be.
  • Jan 1, 1527


    Spanish explorer who sailed to North America from Spain, leaving in 1527. He traveled from Florida to Texas on a raft, then walked from Texas to Mexico City. He also explored the Paraguay River in South America. De Vaca and his fellow travelers were the first Europeans to see the bison, or American buffalo. This was huge because he showed people new land after floating on just a raft.
  • Jan 1, 1542

    Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

    a Spanish or Portuguese explorer (his nationality is uncertain). Cabrillo was the first European explorer of the Californian coast. In 1542, he sailed from Acapulco to southern California, claiming California for King Charles I of Spain. Cabrillo named San Diego Bay and Santa Barbara. He died on San Miguel Island (in the Santa Barbara Channel) after a fight with Indians, from complications resulting from a broken leg. That was big because he was the first european on the western what is now Cal
  • Jan 1, 1554


    was a Spanish ruler, explorer and conquistador. He was the first European to explore North America's Southwest. which was key because it showed what land could be taken over and how much more land there was.