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- Spaniards wanted Native populations to follow this religion
- a territory ruled by another nation and settled by people of that nation
- a Spanish soldier-explorer who sought personal riches and power, as well as wealth and glory for Spain, in the conquest of the Americas
- journey made for a special purpose
- a religious settlement
- to find a way to pass over or along a body of water
- a district of a colony or country; similar to a state
- a place where people live
- an official who rules in the name of the king or queen
- Alonso Álvarez de Piñeda
- explored and mapped the Texas coastline, which led to colonization of Texas
- Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
- first landed in Florida but left after coming across hostile Indians; sailed along the coast in rafts trying to reach Mexico but landed off the coast of Texas, on Galveston Island; he is among the first Europeans to explore Texas and lived among the Native Americans in Texas and Northern Mexico; after exploring, went to Mexico and told Spanish leaders the story of the cities ofgold
- Francisco Coronado
- Spanish explorer who traveled north from Mexico through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma into Kansas looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold
- Sieur de LaSalle
- explored the lower Mississippi River and claimed what is now Louisiana for France around 1683
- Fort St. Louis
- settlement built by members of the La Salle expedition possibly near Garcitas Creek in Texas
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