The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons - WikipediaJohn Wesley Powell was a pioneer American explorer, ethnologist, and geologist in the 19th Century. In he set out to explore the Colorado and the Grand Canyon. He gathered nine men, four boats and food for ten months and set out from Green River, Wyoming, on May Passing through dangerous rapids, the group passed down the Green River to its confluence with the Colorado River then also known as the Grand River upriver from the junction , near present-day Moab, Utah. From which of these features shall we select a name? We decide to call it Glen Canyon. One man Goodman quit after the first month and another three Dunn and the Howland brothers left at Separation Rapid in the third, only two days before the group reached the mouth of the Virgin River on August 30 after traversing almost 1, km.
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What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not. Ah, well! We may conjecture many things. The men talk as cheerfully as ever; jests are bandied about freely this morning; but to me the cheer is somber and the jests are ghastly. Powell, , p.
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The time is in the s and it was an exciting period in the history of the United States, as the last frontiers were being surveyed and mapped. This was the purpose of the Powell expedition. Powell was a Civil War veteran who had an interest in the Colorado River and the canyons. Powell was the secretary of the Illinois Natural History Society and was extremely interested in the last of the unmapped territory in America. There were no official sanctions for his expedition.
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