People on the Expedition

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Francisco Vázquez de Coronado

The Capitan General of the expedition to "Tierra Nueva" – what is now northwest Mexico and the American Southwest

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Fray Marcos de Niza

The Coronado Expedition hinged on accounts of glorious, wealthy cities in what is now the Southwest from one man: fray Marcos de Niza

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Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza

The first viceroy (governor) of Nueva España had great influence on the expedition, including the decision of who would lead the entrada

Painting of Juan Garillo, stand in for Esteban
Esteban de Dorantes

One of the most fascinating figures connected to the expedition was Esteban, an African slave who made first contact with the Zuni people

Last updated: April 1, 2019

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