Unformatted text preview: 1513 & 1521 Ponce de León explores Florida. 1519 – 1521 Cortés conquers Mexico for Spain, defeating the Aztecs. 1522 Magellan’s crew completes circumnavigation of the world. 1524 Verrazano explores eastern seaboard of Norh America for France. 1532 Pizarro crushes the Incas. 1534 Cartier journeys up the St. Lawrence River. 1539 – 1542 de Soto explores the Southeast and discoveres the Mississippi River. 1540 – 1542 Coronado explores present-day Southwest 1542 Cabrillo explores California coast for Spain. 1565 Spanish build fortress at St. Augustine. Late 1500s Iroquois Confederacy founded (according to Iroquois legend) c. 1598 – 1609 Spanish under Oñate conquer Pueblo peoples of Rio Grande Valley. 1609 Spanish found New Mexico. 1680 Popé’s rebellion of New Mexico. 1680s French expedition down Mississippi River under La Salle 1769 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego, in California....
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- Iris M. Jerke, BC c., present-day American Southwest