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Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

(Circa 1510 – 1554)

  • Governor of Spanish-ruled Mexico
  • Searching for gold, explored land that would become Kansas in 1541 
  • He and his men were first Europeans to visit Kansas
  • His horses were the first to be seen by Plains Indians
  • Wrote to King of Spain of “shaggy cows” (buffalo) on the plains

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