Francisco Coronado explored New Mexico, the Texas plains, and Kansas searching for the fabled cities of gold. The only “gold” he found was the sunlight glinting off the mica windows of the New Mexico pueblos and the cornfields and grass huts of the Wichita Indians. His detailed journal was perhaps his most lasting contribution.
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was born about 1490 in Jérez, Spain, the oldest of four children. His father’s name was Francisco de Vera. His grandfather, Pedro de Vera, was a conquistadore in the Canary Islands and had a reputation for cruelty. Perhaps Álvar first dreamed of a life in the New World after hearing tales of his grandfather’s adventures.
The Spanish government had a big problem. Their explorer, Hernando Cortez, had turned into a power-hungry renegade. In 1519, Alonzo Álvarez de Piñeda was sent to intercept him.
The King of Spain wished to establish eight missions in East Texas with forts to guard them. Officially referring to the lands above the Rio Grande as the “Province of the Tejas,” he urged that Domingo Terán be appointed governor of the new province. On 23 January 1691, the Count of Galvez appointed Domingo Terán de los Ríos to serve as the first governor of the Spanish province of
Born in 1765 in Nuevo Santander (now the Mexican state of Tamaulipas), Martín De León was the only Mexican-born empresario to found a colony in Texas, and his was the only colony whose people were predominately Mexican and who preferred the Mexican customs and language. The De León colony was the model the Mexican government originally had in mind and the model they came to understand
Former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Humberto Cascos was born in Matamoros, Mexico in 1952. He emigrated to Texas as a child and became a permanent resident and citizen while still in school. Cascos went on to study at the University of Texas in Austin. He became a Certified Public Accountant and was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as Secretary of State of Texas from February
Brigadier General Joe Ramirez (US Army, Retired) grew up in Houston and attended Texas A&M University as a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Texas Aggie Band. A Distinguished Military Graduate in 1979, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a Field Artillery officer.
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Henry Gabriel Cisneros was born June 11, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas and grew up to be mayor of that same city from 1981-1989.
Lee Trevino was born in Garland, Texas on December 1, 1939 during the lingering days of the Great Depression. At a time when almost everyone was poor, the Trevinos were poorer. Lee never knew his father. He was raised by his mother and his grandfather, who worked as a gravedigger, in a small house without electricity or indoor plumbing. When he was only 5 Lee began to help earn money for