Hispanic American History follows the timeline of this proud and ethnically diverse culture. This title describes Spanish explorers' shift from trying to find a route to Asia to focusing on the New World and all it had to offer, from resources to territorial claims. It discusses the lasting influence of Spanish culture on the Americas. Also introduced are key areas of exploration and key figures, including Christopher Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Cabeza de Vaca, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. ABDO & Daughters is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.