Details for Near Route of Coronado Expedition

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5369003562


Marker Number 3562
Atlas Number 5369003562
Marker Title Near Route of Coronado Expedition
Index Entry Coronado Expedition, Near Route of
City Farwell
County Parmer
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 680179
UTM Northing 3806505
Subject Codes exploration and expeditions; Native Americans; Spanish immigrants/immigration
Marker Year 1969
Marker Location 3rd Street south of Avenue D, city park south of courthouse
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text One of the first explorations of North America by Spain, the Coronado Expedition began in Mexico in April of 1540 and crossed into Texas at or near present-day Parmer County. The party, led by Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, was sent to investigate reports of great wealth among the native peoples. In one city, Quivira, the ruler reputedly ate from gold plates. After entering Texas, Coronado and 36 men separated from the main group and journeyed north. In the summer of 1541, on the present Kansas-Nebraska line, Coronado found Quivira -- an ordinary Native American village. After the winter of 1541-1542, the group returned to Mexico. (1969)

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