Francisco Vázquez de Coronado
(c. 1510 - 1554)
While serving as governor of Nueva Galicia in what is now Mexico, Coronado heard reports of seven golden cities located somewhere to the north. In 1540 he set out from Compostela with 340 Spanish soldiers and over 1,000 Tlaxcalan Indians. He failed to find the fabulous cities, but his two-year trip furnished him with knowledge of local tribes and the landscapes of Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Kansas.