The Sunset on the Anglo Southwest

The American Sun

“I reached some plains so vast, that I did not find their limit anywhere I went, although I traveled over them for more than 300 leagues … with no more land marks than if we had been swallowed up by the sea … there was not a stone, nor bit of rising ground, nor a tree, nor a shrub, nor anything to go by.” -Francisco Coronado

Coronado was the first European to travel through what would become the American Southwest. He traveled from Mexico into what would eventually be Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and then finally to Kansas. The Llano Estacado was the great plains that he wrote to the king about in 1541. This “sea of grass” would eventually define the Eastern boundary of the Southwest.

The arrival of these Spanish Europeans was earth shattering for the native tribes, if not immediately, then in the near future. Coronado with 400…

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