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27 After traveling northeast to the San Miguel River and following its meandering flow eastward, they encountered a Tabehuache Ute. 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.
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. 39 The formidable barriers encountered by Garces, Dominguez, and Escalante in their gallant attempts to forge a trail to California discouraged further Spanish expeditions into the Great Basin.
It was a momentous decision, and only by casting lots were they able to arrive at a decision. Instead of entering the territory that is now known as Nevada, they decided to return to New Mexico. 37 The group traveled to the south, crossing the Virgin River near present-day Hurricane, Utah. From there they moved eastward to the Colorado River to a point near Glen Canyon, where they climbed down the perilous canyon walls, cutting steps in the rock for their animals. Finally they reached a point along the river that was narrow enough for them to cross.
A History Of Hispanics In Southern Nevada (WilburShepperson Series in History & Humanities) by M. L. Miranda