Since we left the Colorado Chiquito we have seen no evidences that the tribe of Indians inhabiting the plateaus on either side ever come down to the river; but about eleven o'clock to-day we discover an Indian garden at the foot of the wall on the right, just where a little stream with a narrow flood plain comes down through a side canyon. Along the valley the Indians have planted corn, using for irrigation the water which bursts out in springs at the foot of the cliff. The corn is looking quite well, but it is not sufficiently advanced to give us roasting ears; but there are some nice green squashes. We carry ten or a dozen of these on board our boats and hurriedly leave, not willing to be caught in the robbery, yet excusing ourselves by pleading our great want. -from "August 26" Sometimes published under the name The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, but more properly known by its original title, Canyons of the Colorado is the gripping personal account of the first navigation of the Colorado River, in 1869, by the man who led the journey. American geologist and explorer JOHN WESLEY POWELL (1834-1902), head of the Powell Geographic Expedition and later director of the U.S. Geological Survey, here regales us with the thrilling tale of the ten-man team and its assignment to map the last unmapped regions of the western territories of the United States. The highlight of their three-month trip: the first known river journey through the wildness of the Grand Canyon. This replica of the 1895 edition includes all the original halftone illustrations. A classic of real-life adventure literature, it continues to captivate armchair explorers today.
Map and profile in pocket. Chapters 1-9 of pt. 1, with six chapters added, were pub. later (Meadville, Pa., 1895) under title: Canyons of the Colorado, by J.W. Powell ... pt. 1. History of the explorations of the cañons of the Colorado [May 24-Sept. 20, 1869] Report on a trip to the mouth of the Dirty Devil River [May 27-July 11, 1872] by A.H. Thompson.--pt. 2. On the physical features of the valley of the Colorado.--pt. 3. Zoology: Abstracts of results of a study of the genera Geomys and Thomomys, by Elliott Coues. Addendum A. The cranial and dental characters of Geomydæ, by Elliott Coues. Addendum B. Notes on the salamander of Florida (Geomys Tueza) by G.B. Goode. The present report does not include a narrative of the second descent of the river in 1871-1872, a detailed account of which may be found in F.S. Dellenbaugh's A canyon voyage, New York, 1908.
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