Francisco Vazquez-Valdés de Coronado
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Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján (1510 – 22 September 1554) was a Spanish conquistador and explorer, who led a large expedition from Mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542. Coronado had hoped to reach the mythical Seven Cities of Gold. His expedition marked the discovery, by Europeans, of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. His name is often Anglicized as Vasquez de Coronado.