Cabeza de Vaca was born in 1490 and lived until 1557. During his life, he explored parts of North and South America.
When Cabeza de Vaca heard about the New World, he joined an expedition led by an explorer who was commissioned by Emperor Carlos V. The purpose of the expedition was to colonize the Gulf Coast from Florida all the way to Mexico. When the expedition reached Hispaniola, the fleet stayed there for more than one month. The explorers on this expedition also traveled to Cuba and Trinidad.
Cabeza de Vaca arrived in Florida on April 12, 1528.