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Spanish Explorers

   
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

This explorer’s discoveries changed the course of world history and propelled the Spanish empire to the most powerful in the world. Despite his monumental discovery, Columbus had believed he found the Indies rather than his actual discovery of the North American continent.

   
Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon

This explorer spent much of his time searching for the famed Fountain of Youth, but instead, is credited with the discovery of the Florida peninsula.

   
Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan

"The Captain General," was credited with directing the world’s first circumnavigation. Magellan himself, however, was killed in the Philippines before he could complete journey.

   
Francisco Coronado

Francisco Coronado

This Spanish explorer discovered much of the American Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, while searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola and other mythical cities.

   
Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto

This explorer trekked through much of the American Southeast and is often credited with discovering the Mississippi River.

   
Hernan Cortes

Vasco Núñez de Balboa

This Spanish explorer discovered and claimed the Pacific Ocean for Spain.

   
Hernan Cortes

Hernán Cortés

This Spanish explorer toppled the Aztec empire in Mexico and founded Mexico City atop the ruined Aztec capital. He also explored and named California.

   
Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro

The Spanish explorer conquered the Incan empire and founded much of modern-day Peru, including its capital city of Lima.