Explorer Vocabulary / Europeans in Texas

As we begin to wrap up Native Americans, we are getting ready for the next step in our state’s history! The Europeans are coming! When we know and understand what words mean, we have a better understanding of what we read!


The quiz will be on Tuesday next week. Study, study, study!


Route– A path of travel

Caravel– A small, fast ship with special sails that enabled it to sail into the wind and travel in rough seas.

Astrolabe– A device once used by sailors to find out where they were by using the position on the stars

Convert– To change someone’s beliefs to agree with yours

Colony– A settlement that is ruled by another country

Conquistador– A Spanish conqueror and treasure seeker

Empire-A conquered land of many places and people under one ruler

Expedition– A journey made for a special reason

Slave– A person owned by another person and made to do work for no pay

Legend– A story handed down over time

Mission– A religious settlement

Missionary– A person who teaches his or her religion to others

Vaquero– A cowhand; a person who helps raise cattle (cowboys)

Presidio– A fort built mostly of wood, stone or adobe

Plaza– A town square; sometimes the center of the town

Mestizo– A person whose ancestors were both Spanish and Native American


The Quizlet practice is available for those who want to use it!


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