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Hernando de Soto
Marched throughout the Southeast searching for gold, attacking villages, and forcing prisoners into slavery. He discovered the Mississippi River.
Juan Ponce de Leon
Sailed north from Puerto Rico searching for the Fountain of Youth. Discovered a new land on Easter Sunday and named it Florida.
Italian explorer who sailed for Spain to look for a shortcut to the East Indies. He believed the world was round, smaller than most people believed, and that you could reach the East Indies by sailing west. He set up a colony on Hispaniola.
Pedro Menendez de Aviles
Established St. Augustine, the first permanent settlement in what is today the United States.
Conquered Peru and took gold from the Natives. This explorer and his second in command, Hernando DeSoto, became rich from this conquest.
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
He led an expedition north from Mexico to search for the Seven Cities of Cibola. His men discovered the Grand Canyon. He was unsuccessful finding the golden cities and spent the rest of his life in disgrace.
Saint Father Junipero Serra
founded many missions in California
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