2: Spanish Exploration

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Carta particolare della Baia di Messico con la costa

[Detailed map of the Bay of Mexico and its coastline]

1647; printed 1661; copperplate engraving

by A. F. Lucini, engraver; Robert Dudley, publisher

The Historic New Orleans Collection, acquisition made possible by the Clarisse Claiborne Grima Fund, 1994.10

Multiple Spanish expeditions in the sixteenth century explored the lower Mississippi valley, even passing near the site of present-day New Orleans, but the Spanish did not establish any permanent settlements during these expeditions.

Notable Explorers:
•Alonso Álvarez de Pineda
•Panfilo de Narvaez
•Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca
•Hernando de Soto
•Luis de Moscoso