Francisco Vazquez de Coronado

By Ava Leone

Vazquez an Conquistador


Francisco Vázquez de Coronado was from the country of Spain. Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján was a Spanish conquistador that means a conqueror, especially one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century. He was also a explorer, who led a large expedition from Mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542. As he was exploring in that time he went through good times and bad.


He lived in the 1500´s, and heard rumors about a city of gold called Cibola. Francisco also was the first europen to visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona. When he got there he was shocked that the place was not Cibola. Then, met and married the rich daughter of the colonial treasurer. Francisco and Dona Bertriz then had eight children, and was very happy, and when they had there children everyone was happy the mom and dad are happy the children are happy, everyone was happy.


Though the explorers found none of the story tolled treasure, they did discover the Grand Canyon. So that made Francisco Vasquez de Coronado the first european to visit the Grand Canyon. With his expedition labeled a failure by Spanish colonial authorities, Coronado returned to Mexico, where he died in 1554. He died because of a very bad disease in Mexico.