Coronado, Francisco Vásquez de (1510–1554), a Spanish explorer of the American Southwest. He was born in Salamanca, Spain, and came to Mexico in 1535. While Coronado was a provincial governor he heard of fabulous wealth in the "Seven Cities of Cibola." In 1540 he was sent to find these cities but discovered them to be only poor Indian pueblos in what is now New Mexico. In 1541 Coronado went to look for "Quivira," a land said to be rich in gold. He reached what is now eastern Kansas, but found only Indian villages. Coronado returned to Mexico in 1542. Some of his men discovered the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.Coronado's expedition 1540-1542. This map shows the explorations of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado in the American Southwest. In his search for the legendary cities of Cibola and Quivira, Coronado traveled through Mexico and the present-day states of Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
This World War II timeline highlights important dates from January 1941 to June 1941. On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the largest invasion in the history of the world when they began war with Russia. Follow the events of World War II and the German invasion.
Little is known of the prehistoric peoples who lived in what is now West Virginia except that they probably were food gatherers and hunters and arrived there as early as 10,000 years ago.