The most interesting of Panfilo de Narvaez facts is that he mostly remembered for his two failed expeditions that led to the memoirs and exploits of Cabeza de Vaca. He participated in the conquest of Cuba and was known for his cruelty to the natives. He did not stray too far from the reputation of the Spanish Conquistadors. [Read more…]
Cabeza de Vaca is remembered for his epic journey across the Americas. He was a survivor of the failed Narvaez expedition and would journey across the North American continent for eight years. Along the way he would trade with the natives, learn their culture, and respect who they were. He would pen books on his encounters with the natives that gave perspective of who they were and how they conductive themselves. He would eventually return to Spain and would never return to the Americas. He was unlike the other Spanish Conquistadors in that he did not conquer with the sword because he did not have one, but he survived through intuition and tolerance. [Read more…]
Robert de La Salle was one of the most successful explorers in the New World. Most of his expeditions took place in the Great Lakes region, Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico. He was the first European to make contact with many native tribes and due to his work the French were able to set up many trading posts along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. He had an untimely death, but his work set the stage for France and its new territorial gains for close to 100 years. [Read more…]
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Perhaps the most notorious Colonial American was Captain John Smith. By the time he helped found Jamestown, Captain John Smith had an impressive resume. He was an Explorer, Admiral, Soldier, Knight, and eventually became an Author. The maps he made while exploring the New World were used by the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony. His experience in the New World was cut short when he suffered severe burns due to a gunpowder accident. [Read more…]