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Francisco Vásquez de Coronado
(1510 - 1544)

1510 Francisco Vazquez de Coronado is born in Salamanca, Spain
1535 Coronado goes to New Spain (Mexico) with Antonio de Mendoza (the Spanish Viceroy)
1537 Coronado marries the daughter of the colonial treasurer - they have eight children
1538 Coronado is made governor of Nueva Galicia
1540 Coronado begins his exploration of south-western North America in search of the Seven Cities of Gold; July - Battle against the Peublo Indians at Zuni, Coronado is wounded but establishes a base; Coronado finally reaches Cibola but it is not the city of gold described by Fray Marcos
1541 Coronado sets out for Quivira (a rich kingdom described by an Indian guide); he reaches Quivira (in what is now Kansas) only to find a poor Wichita village
1542 Coronado discovers the Grand Canyon during his voyage home
1544 Coronado is found guilty of atrocities against Indians and removed from office; dies 22 September

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