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Oñate y Salazar, Juan (1549-1624) - Spanish explorer who established the first settlement in Nuevo México (1598). Popé (1630-1688) - San Juan native who led the successful Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish in 1680. Carlos III (1716-1788) - King of Spain (1759-1788). Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) - Third president of the United States (1801-1809). S. troops in the Mexican War (1846-1848). Santa Anna, Antonio López de (1794-1876) Mexican general who was defeated by General Winfield Scott in the Mexican War (1846-1848); president of Mexico on several occasions.

This 55-year-old friar became one of the best known priests in American history. In 1769, he built the first of 21 missions, A 26-foot (8-meter) statue San Diego de Álcala. Meanwhile, commemorates Junipero Captain Gaspar de Portolá took 60 Serra, instrumental in the founding of the chain of men by foot from San Diego to seek a Spanish mission churches trail for the friars to follow. He missed along the California coast. Monterey Bay and instead discovered San Francisco Bay. A year later, he reached Monterey and built a presidio with a mission attached.

1762-1800 Spain controls the Louisiana Territory. 1763 1776-1783 End of the French and Indian War in which Spain cedes La Florida to England. The American Revolution gains independence for the English colonies, creating the United States of America. Florida is returned to Spain in 1783. 1803 President Thomas Jefferson purchases Louisiana Territory from France. 1810 The United States takes West Florida over Spain’s protests. Mexico begins its struggle for independence. 1819 The United States buys all of Florida from Spain.

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