Francisco Vázquez de Coronado

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Francisco Vásquez de Coronado y Luján (1510 – 22 September 1554) was a Spanish conquistador, who visited New Mexico and other parts of what are now the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542. Coronado had hoped to conquer the mythical Seven Cities of Gold.


Early life

Coronado was born in to a noble family in Salamanca, Spain, in 1510 , the younger brother of Diego Vásquez and second son of Juan Vásquez de Coronado y Sosa de Ulloa (d. 1532), 5. Señor de Coquilla and 5. Señor de la Torre de Juan Vásquez, Majorats of his family, Corregidor of Segovia and Jerez de la Frontera and Captain General of the Frontier, Prefect of Granada, who was at the service of the Catholic Monarchs and Charles I of Spain, Regidor of Salamanca and Founder of the Majorat of his House on December 16, 1522, and wife Isabel de Luján (b. Madrid), Dame of the Queen Isabella I of Castile. He was an uncle of Juan Vásquez de Coronado y Anaya, Conqueror, first Governor and first Adelantado of Costa Rica.[1]

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