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In the diary entry for August 23 Escalante wrote: "We gave the Indian something to eat and to smoke, and afterward through an interpreter we asked him various questions concerning the land ahead, the rivers, and their courses. We likewise asked him the whereabouts of the Tabehuachnes, Muhuaches, and Sabuaganas. We asked him if he would guide us to the rancheria of a Sabuagana chief said by our interpreter to know a great deal about the country. "28 After going eastward, they crossed the Uncompahgre Plateau, and on August 26 they reached the banks and meadows of the Río de San Francisco.
Father Dominguez, with interpreter Andres Muñiz, immediately began to proselytize them, without much success. 31 As luck would have it, on August 30 the expedition's interpreter brought five Sabuaganas and one Laguna into camp. Since it was Laguna territory to which the Spaniards planned to travel, they offered the Laguna presents of a woolen cloak, a hunting knife, and some white glass beads if he would be their guide. 32 Disregarding the Indians' urging that they not continue their journey, the Page 14 Franciscans forged ahead in a northerly direction, then veered northwest, covering some very rugged territory.
Finally they reached a point along the river that was narrow enough for them to cross. 38 The Dominguez-Escalante expedition was of great historical significance in spite of the fact that the party failed to meet its primary objectiveestablishing a route to the Pacific Coast. Although the explorers did not enter the territory now known as Nevada, they were the first to gain knowledge of the forbidding and trackless desert of the Great Basin, and this experience would greatly assist the explorers who came later.
A History Of Hispanics In Southern Nevada (WilburShepperson Series in History & Humanities) by M. L. Miranda