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  •  Let's not forget that 300 years earlier... (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, confitesprit

    ...another set of Europeans had a chance to"discover" the Colorado;

    Three leaders affiliated with the Coronado Expedition were able to reach the Colorado River. The first was Hernando de Alarcón, then Melchior Díaz and lastly Don Garcia Lopez de Cardenas. Alarcón's fleet was tasked to carry supplies and to establish contact with the main body of Coronado's expedition, but was unable to do so because of the extreme distance to Cibola. He traveled up the Colorado river until the river entered the lower half of the Grand Canyon. In this exploration he hauled some supplies for Coronado, but eventually he buried them with a note in a bottle. Melchior Díaz was sent down from Cibola by Coronado to take charge of the camp of Corazones and to establish contact with the fleet. Soon after arriving at the camp he set out from the valley of Corazones in Sonora and traveled overland in a north/northwesterly direction until he arrived at the junction of the Colorado River and Gila River. There the local natives, probably the CocoMaricopa (see Seymour 2007b), told him that Alarcón's sailors had buried supplies and left a note in a bottle. The supplies were retrieved and the note stated that Alarcón's men had rowed up the river as far as they could, searching in vain for the Coronado expedition. They had given up and decided to return to their departure point because worms were eating holes in their ships. Díaz named the river the "Firebrand (Tison) River" because the natives used firebrands to keep their body warm in the winter. Díaz died on the trip back to the camp in the valley of the Corazones. Don Garcia Lopez de Cardenas saw the Colorado River from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon while looking for a route that would connect them with Alarcón's fleet.
    Masterpiece diary richholtzin.

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    by Shockwave on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 12:02:38 PM PST

    •  gracias for this. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, confitesprit

      and, of course your story is well told and will be part of a new series shared with the community entailing all the above. This will be a mega diary presentation under the title "Trail of Time" and I think I found a way to tell the story from a perspective of different people viewing the Grand Canyon at different times. Cardenes, et al., play a major role in the merging of civilizations (the Europeans with the native populations, both Indians and Hispanic), which happened around 1540. So stay tuned for that, Shockwave, and I really appreciate your comments. May I also how do you make the block-indented and highlighted passage for your commentary? I've been trying to figure that out from the get-go. So far, nada, given my discovery. (By the way, I just love the huge story of the conquistadors and all that intrigue searching for the supposed 7 Cities of Wealth. Talk about an interesting wild goose chase with serious consequences (i.e., the 'gold and souls' motif that comes with the price of these would be conquerors). More later.

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      by richholtzin on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 01:29:00 PM PST

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      •  Use Blockquote my friend (1+ / 0-)
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        confitesprit

        Highlight something and click on Blockquote.  Italic and Bold work the same way.

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        by Shockwave on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 02:40:39 PM PST

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        •  well thanks. . . (2+ / 0-)
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          Shockwave, confitesprit

          and a big "DUH!" for me, Shockwave. I never thought of trying that method. Most kind to lead a fairly ignorant fellow (given this site's perimeters and how to do this, that, or the other thing. I appreciate your help in this matter, very much in fact.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 04:38:18 PM PST

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