Francisco Vázquez de Coronado was born in Spain. He became a Spanish conquistador who between 1540 and 1542 visited New Mexico and other parts of the southwest of what is now the United States. Coronado took over 2,000 men with him on his expedition North from Mexico into what is now known as the present-day state of New Mexico. On his way there he split up his men into several smaller groups and had them leave at different times and some travel different routes in order to make it to “Cibola”. Before long, in an Indian ambush, Coronado’s military advisor was pierced by an arrow.