traveled texas for 7 years and wrote a book about his travels.
Nov 4, 1528
maped the texas coast line
Nov 4, 1540
searched for the 7 cities of gold, but found nothing
Nov 4, 1542
found petroleum in east texas.
Built Fort St. Louis on Matagorda Bay
1) Mission Corpous Christi de la Ysleta
The mission was built.
Claimed the Rio Grande Valley for Spain
2) mission San Francisco de los Tejas
who were more interested in stealing horses than going to church.
3) Mission Santisimo Nombre de Maria
This mission was destroyed by flooding from the Neches River just North and East of Mission San Francisco de los Tejas
7) Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepción de Acuna
After a rough beginning and several moves, the mission was permanently moved to San Antonio in 1731, becoming the third in a chain of five missions established along the San Antonio River.
8) Mission San Juan Capistrano
Within a few years, San Juan became a successful mission with rich farmland, orchards, and gardens.By 1762, the Indians living in the mission village were raising more than 3,000 head of sheep and cattle.
10) Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches
A few years later, when they established the town of Nacogdoches, settlers used the empty buildings.
5) Mission San Antonio de Valero
During the 1730s and 1740s, the mission suffered from repeated attacks by the hostile Apache indians.
6) Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo
The mission had a difficult beginning, but soon the 300 Indians who lived there became successful farmers and ranchers.
4) Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga
The mission was built to serve the Karankawa indians and to reinforce the Spanish presence in the area to help keep the Frinch out of Texas.
9) Mission San Francisco de la Espada
Indians at Mission Espada were taught masonry and carpentry by Spanish craftsmen.These skills helped the Indians survive in Texas long after the missions were closed.
11) San Xavier missions
were founded along the San Xavier River between in December of 1747. Conflict with the local garrison commander led to relocation of the missions to a site on the San Marcos River in 1755. The missions closed the following year.
12) Santa Cruz de San Saba
It was attacked and destroyed in a revolt by Indians less than a year later.
13) Nuestra Senora del Refugio
Later, Irish immigrants to the area named their settlement after the mission.