Excerpt from The History of Wyoming, Vol. 1 of 3: From the Earliest Known DiscoveriesIn the preparation of this work I have endeavored to trace the early explorers who came to Wyoming. It will be observed that, with a single exception, every accountMoreExcerpt from The History of Wyoming, Vol. 1 of 3: From the Earliest Known DiscoveriesIn the preparation of this work I have endeavored to trace the early explorers who came to Wyoming.
It will be observed that, with a single exception, every account given is based upon authentic history- the exception being the chapter devoted to Spanish Occupation. While it must be admitted that these traditions are reasonable and interesting, I have deemed it better to utilize only a small portion of the Spanish claims. It would have been possible to have gone back to 1591 and traced the expedition of Don Juan de Onate from Mexico through Colorado and the northwest. It is believed that he explored the South and North Platte and if he did he must have reached Wyoming.
While interesting speculations might be indulged in regarding numerous Spanish expeditions to the north, I have refrained from this for the reason that these are tradition and not history. The more modern explorations and occupations are quite as interesting as those of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The searcher after facts will find many surprises in regard to the early occupation of this country by white men.
When Robert Stuart passed down the Sweet-water and North Platte in 1812-13, he met Dornin and Roi, two white traders, not far below Grand Island on the Platte River. At that early date there were many white trappers in this part of the west. John B. Sarpey, his brother Peter A. Sarpey, Godfrey Gerry and Elbridge Gerry, two brothers, came during the twenties and remained permanently. The Gerrys were grandsons of Elbridge Gerry, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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