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Who discovered the Great Salt Lake?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NaturalResources: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by T e x: [qb] nice find [/qb][/QUOTE]Thanks Tex. It's pretty clear that Roberto Rodriguez & Patrisia Gonzales are primarily interested in the origins of the Aztec people, and that they believe it to be somewhere in the modern US. As you can see from previous work on this thread, I have come to a similar conclusion myself during the course of my own research. But, as mentioned before, this is not the primary goal of my research. What caught my attention, is that they mention the GSL several times, and suggest that it can be found on several maps dating back to possibly 1536-66. [QUOTE]1536 Santa Cruz. Cites Nuevo Mexico near a lake, that may be Salt Lake, though it is depicted in an area closer to the Great Lakes. Dennis Reinhartz cites as possibly 1566, though even that date would make it the earliest citation for the name of Nuevo Mexico.[/QUOTE]Currently, the oldest map I have found featuring the GSL is the Andre Thevet map of 1575. I am currently trying to find an image of the 1536/66 Santa Cruz map mentioned to verify that it indeed shows the GSL, though based on what I have seen on previous maps the lake they mention is probably "Lake Conibaz", which I am fairly certain does not represent the GSL. However, if they are correct in their interpretation of the 1536/66 map, this could help my research greatly because I am still having trouble finding the source for Andre Thevet's 1575 map because he was a known plagiarist. Finding an older map featuring the GLS made by someone other than Thevet could greatly increase the credibility of my theory and also open new avenues of research. Finally, what I find most interesting about their work is that even though Roberto Rodriguez & Patrisia Gonzales apparently studied dozens of maps from the 17th-19th centuries, and mention the GSL as possibly being featured in maps as early as 1536, they make no attempt to explain why the GSL would be featured on maps [b]prior[/b] to it's official discovery in 1776. Perhaps this is because the discovery date of the GSL was not their primary research goal, but one would think that someone knowledgeable in the history of the American Southwest, (as Roberto Rodriguez & Patrisia Gonzales appear to be), would be intrigued at the prospect of the GSL being shown on maps dated prior to it's official discovery, just as I was when I first saw the 1610 Henry Briggs map featured on the first page of this thread. NR. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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