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The first Europeans to reach Oklahoma were from Spain.

 

The first Europeans to reach Oklahoma were from Spain.



The Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado and his entourage were the first Europeans to make it as far inland as modern-day Oklahoma.

Coronado began his expedition in 1540 from the west coast of Mexico, where Spain had established a base.

Coronado’s venture was to investigate rumors of vast golden cities that were said to be far inland within the modern-day USA.

Coronado made contact with several tribes, including the Teyas, while passing through the region we now call Oklahoma.

Unfortunately for Coronado, there were no cities of gold, and the expedition was a complete and utter failure.

One Democratic lawmaker proposed using funds from the state’s franchise tax, a levy suspended in 2011, to pay for tornado and storm shelters for the majority of schools in the state without them. Republican lawmakers, who dominate the legislature, have balked at the proposal, saying they want to eliminate the tax altogether.

The annual franchise tax calls for corporations that do business in the state to be taxed $1.25 for each $1,000 of capital invested or used in Oklahoma, according to the state’s tax commission.


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