Pick up a copy of the map. Get a Texas History text book in order to complete the map. (RA6 & 7) This is homework if you don’t complete it in class. What will you do? (play along!) Recently, scientists have discovered life on the planet Mars. While little is known about Mars, the Martians are considered uncivilized and inadequate compared to society on earth. The government of the United States wishes to explore Mars and possibly gain access to tremendous wealth and resources. The president is looking for someone to lead a team to Mars, claim the planet for the United States, and start bringing back resources to the Unites States. In addition, you will need to spread American values to the Martians in order to improve their lives. Mars represents unknown territory and there is a good chance you will not survive the journey, but if you do, you’ll be richer than you could ever imagine. Will you go? Why or why not? Why did Europeans search for new land? In the 1500’s, exploring “new” land would have been the same as exploring a “new” planet today. Many Europeans explored new land in order to tell others about God! Religion was very important to many Europeans. They would leave their own country to spread Catholicism & Christianity to new lands. • men thought they could get rich! • pay off could be HUGE! • If he found new land, he would be paid in GOLD by the king or queen of his homeland. • Explorers who returned to their home country with news about the “new land” would become famous, like a celebrity! Christopher Columbus In 1492, he set sail looking for riches to bring back to the King and Queen of Spain. God, Gold, or Glory? Hernan Cortes • In 1519, he sailed from Cuba and invaded Aztec empire in Mexico. He persuaded thousands of Native Americans who had suffered under Aztec rule to rebel. God, Gold, or Glory? Alonso Alvarez de Pineda Also in 1519, Pineda became the first European to explore the Texas coast. He mapped the uncharted coastline from Florida to Mexico. God, Gold, or Glory? Hernan de Soto He and Moscoso landed in Florida in 1539 and began marching toward Texas. de Soto died after reaching the Mississippi River. Moscoso continued the expedition to the lower Brazos River in Texas. God, Gold, or Glory? Francisco Vazquez de Coronado • He searched for treasures in the cities of Cíbola & Quivira. Even after failing, he continued to look for treasure. God, Gold, or Glory? Sieur de La Salle He explored the Mississippi River from the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico. Claimed Louisiana in the name of France. In 1685, he established the first French settlement in Texas. God, Gold, or Glory?