The Coronado Expedition: 1540-42.

Coronado Expedition. Painting by Frederick Remington in 1898.

Coronado Expedition: 1540-42. Painting by Frederick Remington in 1898.

The story of the Coronado Expeditions is one of bravery, perseverance, high adventure, faith, and incredible greed. Between hiking trails and scenic back roads, we can retrace their historic route.

Sixty-seven years before the English established Jamestown, VA (1607), and 80 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, MA (1620), Francisco Vázquez de Coronado led an expedition through present-day American Southwest in search of the Seven Cities of Gold described by Fray Marco de Niza (of Nice, Italy).

Cabeza de Vaca Bust In Houston, TX.

Cabeza de Vaca Bust In Houston, TX.

The First Reports Of Limitless Riches
A Moroccan slave named Esteban Dorantes (also called Estevanico) and Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca were two of four survivors of the ill-fated Narváez Expedition (1527-28) that was intended to conquer Florida for Spain. Suffering enslavement by American Indians near the Gulf Coast and many other hardships along their way, the four finally reached Mexico City after 8 years lost in what is now Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Read More

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