Explorers and discoverers held a quintessential position in the old world civilization due to the nature of their work. Brave and courageous, explorers journeyed through oceans and deserts to find new lands and water. While some were motivated by the basic instinct of knowing the unknown, most others explored new lands for wealth, power, prestige and trade. Spreading of religion and expanding the empire were other important motives that prompted explorers and discoverers. Just like explorers from round the globe, Spanish explorers undertook voyages of discovery to spread the Spanish Empire and spread Catholic faith. Some of the most famous amongst them include Juan Ponce de Leon - the first European to set foot in Florida and establish the oldest European settlement in Puerto Rico, Juan de Onate y Salazar - the first to establish the colony of New Mexico for Spain, Fray Marcos de Niza - a priest who travelled the fabled seven golden cities and even reached the shores of America and Captai Alonso Alvarez de Pineda - a map maker who became the first European to set foot in Texas. Others include Hernando de Soto, Hernan Cortes, Francisco Pizarro, Diego Velazquez de Cuellar and so on. Check this section to get details about the life and profile of Spanish explorers.
Hernán CortésHernán Cortés
1485 AD
Spanish conquistador
Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
1474 AD
Explorer

Juan Sebastián ElcanoJuan Sebastián Elcano
30 November 1476
Explorer

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
26 June 1478
Spanish conquistador

Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto
1500 AD
Explorer

BalboaVasco Núñez de Balboa
1475 AD
Spanish Explorer
Pedro de AlvaradoPedro de Alvarado
1485 AD
Explorers

Alvar N. C. de VacaAlvar N. C. de Vaca
1490 AD
Explorer
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de VacaÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
1490 AD
explorer, writer

Francisco Vázquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vázquez de Coronado
1510 AD
Conquistador
Diego ColumbusDiego Columbus
01 April 1479
Navigator

Beatriz Enríquez de AranaBeatriz Enríquez de Arana
1467 AD
explorer

Bartholomew ColumbusBartholomew Columbus
1460 AD
explorer

Lope de AguirreLope de Aguirre
08 November 1510
Conquistador

Pedro Menéndez de AvilésPedro Menéndez de Avilés
15 February 1519
Explorer
Pedro de ValdiviaPedro de Valdivia
17 April 1497
Explorer, Military personnel

Diego de AlmagroDiego de Almagro
1475 AD
explorer

Pedro de MendozaPedro de Mendoza
22 June 1487
Explorer

Diego Velázquez de CuéllarDiego Velázquez de Cuéllar
1465 AD
Conquistador
Alonso de OjedaAlonso de Ojeda
1466 AD
explorer, conquistador

Ruy López de VillalobosRuy López de Villalobos
1500 AD
explorer
Gonzalo Jiménez de QuesadaGonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
1509 AD
Conqueror

Antonio de UlloaAntonio de Ulloa
12 January 1716
Astronomer, Explorer, Meteorologist

Lucas Vázquez de AyllónLucas Vázquez de Ayllón
1480 AD
Magistrate
Alonso Álvarez de PinedaAlonso Álvarez de Pineda
1494 AD
explorer

Juan de GrijalvaJuan de Grijalva
1489 AD
Conquistador
Sebastián de BelalcázarSebastián de Belalcázar
1479 AD
Conquistador

Juan Díaz de SolísJuan Díaz de Solís
1470 AD
Navigator

Manuel LisaManuel Lisa
08 September 1772
Explorer
Ruy González de ClavijoRuy González de Clavijo
Spanish diplomat

Juan FernándezJuan Fernández
1536 AD
Explorer
Silvestre Vélez de EscalanteSilvestre Vélez de Escalante
1750 AD
Spanish explorer

Pedro PáezPedro Páez
1564 AD
Missionary

Panfilo de NarváezPanfilo de Narváez
1478 AD
Conquistador