Francisco Vasquez de Coronado was born in Spain in 1510. He was the governor of Western Mexico, nobleman, and soldier.
Coronado's exploration took place from 1540 to 1542 and was sponsored by the governor of Mexico and his own rich wife. He was in search of riches. He had heard about the Seven Cities of Gold.
Coronado left Mexico and traveled north through what is now the American Southwest. Coronado found the Grand Canyon, but no gold. Next, after hearing from an American Indian slave about a land of gold, Coronado marched across the plains to what is now Kansas. He never found gold.