Unit 2 Early European Settlers
This unit bundles student expectations that address the exploration of Texas and early efforts by the Spanish to colonize Texas. Early European exploration of Texas was motivated primarily by the quest for gold. Both Spanish and French explorers made forays into Texas in the sixteenth century. Competition between France and Spain to claim land in the New World fueled Spanish desires to colonize and control Texas. The Spanish began the process of colonizing Texas by building a series of missions and presidios in the territory. The struggle to control a vast empire plagued the Spanish and eventually the missions and presidios were abandoned. Prior to this unit, students studied about the physical geographic regions of Texas and how American Indian groups were influenced by the geography of Texas. Students also studied about the Texas Constitution during Celebrate Freedom Week. In the elementary grades students studied about the expedition of Juan de O��ate as one of the first Spanish explorers to travel through Texas. During this unit, students study about the early expeditions of Spanish and French explorers to Texas and about the mission-presidio system instituted by the Spanish government to colonize Texas.
columbus, marco polo, john cabot, amerigo vespucci, balboa, magellan, ponce de leon, cortes, vasquez de coronado, de soto, da verrazano, cartier, hudson
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