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This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). Cabeza de Vaca's gripping account offers a trove of ethnographic information, including descriptions and interpretations of native cultures, making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology.

Mystery Kansas Stone Mystery Stone's Writing Predates Columbus' Trip by 1000 years! In 1541, Spanish conquistador Francisco Vazquez de Coronado was the first European to explore Kansas in. ..or was he? Dean Jeffries, an amateur historian, that ancient European sun-worshippers who crossed the states in about A.D. 500 inscribed an old stone tablet reportedly dug up in a Lincoln County field nearly 80 years ago!

Legendary cities of splendour and riches sought in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadores in North America. The fabulous cities were first reported by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de...

Peruvian Inca Orchid::Spanish conquistadors, said to have found these dogs living amidst orchids in Inca homes, called them “perros flora”(flower dogs). AKA moonflower dogs, Inca hairless dogs, and Peruvian hairless dogs. A people-loving,delicate-skinned dog, he needs to live in the house and have soft bedding to cushion his streamlined body. Sensitive to temperature extremes, he may need to wear a sweater in cold weather or be in air conditioning in hot weather.

Been to Desoto National Memorial - it's quite beautiful. This video is well done: "It was near present-day Bradenton that Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto began a four-year expedition that ultimately opened new areas of North America to European exploration. On this Bradenton excursion, Larry Elliston stops by the De Soto National Memorial to check out the start of the historic De Soto Trail"...and more.

Free black militia of the Spanish colonial Army, circa 1770-1776. Mexican officer and a soldier from Cuba.As early as 1689, African slaves fled from British America to Spanish Florida seeking freedom. After 1693 they received liberty in exchange for defending the Spanish settlers at St. Augustine. The Spanish organized the blacks into a militia, and in 1738 they founded a settlement at Fort Mose outside St. Augustine, the first legally sanctioned free black town in North America.