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Who discovered the Great Salt Lake?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NaturalResources: [QB] I am currently doing some personal research on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. According to all current "official" accounts that I can find, the Great Salt Lake was not known to the "white man" until around 1776 when Spanish missionary explorers Dominguez and Escalante learned of Great Salt Lake from the Native Americans. Also according to all current "official" accounts, the first white person known to have visited the lake was Jim Bridger in 1825. However, I believe I have found evidence that proves Dominguez and Escalante were NOT the first "white men" to learn about and document the existence of the Great Salt Lake. After 4 weeks of exhaustive research on the Internet I have come to the conclusion that I may be the first to realize this evidence for what it is; proof that the "white man" knew about the Great Salt Lake in the late 1500's to early 1600's. Due to the fact that I believe my compelling evidence, (while not proof positive), has been overlooked until now, I will not be revealing this evidence until I can do further research and find a way to make sure I am given credit, should my theory prove true. Currently, I am looking for ANY and ALL information, websites, books, etc. that relate to "official" information regarding the discovery of the Great Salt Lake. I am also looking for information on the following Spanish Missionaries and Explorers or anything related to their expeditions of the southwestern US in the late 16th - early 17th centuries: 1) Fray Marcos De Nizza (De Niza or De Nisa according to some spellings) 2) Cabeza de Vaca 3) Diego de Alcaraz 4) Francisco Vasquez de Coronado 5) Pedro de Castañeda 6) Antonio de Espejo 7) Francisco Sánchez Xamuscado (Chamuscado according to some spellings) I am asking anyone at Allstocks to please post any relevant information or links on this thread. Anyone who posts information that furthers my research will be given credit, should my theory pan out. I will reveal my evidence at a later undetermined date, unless someone knows a way I can assure that someone else won't run off with my theory without giving me credit, should I post the evidence here in a public forum. If anyone knows how I could accomplish this so that I can post the evidence immediately in order to facilitate quicker and more thorough research, please by all means let me know either via this thread or via PM. TIA, NR. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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