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There are many immigrants in the United States and they are from various countries This essay is concentrating on the Spanish Mexican-Americans heritage The people of this culture are called many different names depending on where they came from and how long they have been here Some of these names are Spanish Hispanics Latinos Mexicans Mexican American Hispano and Chicanos I will also include some information on various early Spanish explorers where they originated from and where they landed Also included will be information on the California Missions that were built herein the US The Mexican War is also addressed along with some of the great achievements of Caesar Chavez One of the early Spanish explorers was Hernando Cortez who conquered the Aztec Empire he continued up the coast of what is now known as Tabasco until April 21 1519 where he landed near Veracruz He traveled inland and on November 8 1519 he reached Tenochtitlan which is now Mexico City From 1521 to 1528 Cortez established peace among the Indians of Mexico and developed mines and farmlands In 1534 Cortez explored Lower California and then later led an expedition against the Maya of Yucatan Another Spanish explorer was Vasco Nunez de Balboa On September 25 1513 he was the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from its eastern shore He was a stowaway on the Isthmus Panama in 1510 which was sailing for San Sabastian Balboa ventured to the region of Coiba and he arranged an alliance between the Spaniards and a powerful chief named Comogre When speaking about Spanish Explorers we must include Christopher Columbus He was the first European since the Vikings to discover the New World On August 3 1492 the Queen Isabella of Spain gave Columbus the money ships and supplies that he needed to sail across the oceans It was not until October 12 1492 that they saw land and called it San Salvador Columbus never made it
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