This site visually and spatially explores several historic travel narratives of early European exploration of the Lower Colorado River. It contrasts the descriptions explorers recorded in their diaries with contemporary images of the Colorado River Delta and the confluence of the Colorado and Gila Rivers at Yuma, Arizona.

You can expore the historical texts in two ways: by focusing on places -- the Colorado River Delta, the Yuma Junction -- and focusing on narratives -- Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, Father Fray Pedro Font.


This site uses images from NASA and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The main image on the Colorado River Delta page is an Aster satellite image posted to NASA's Earth Observatory on March 27, 2001. The main image on the Yuma Junction page was taken by photographer Darryl L. Montegomery and posted to NASA's Earth Science Picture of the Day site on March 28, 2010.

The historic narratives and accompanying drawings and diary pages are from:

Bolton, Herbert [ed.] Spanish Exploration in the Southwest. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916. Print.
Kino, Father Eusebio. Kino's Historical Memoir of Pimeria Alta, Volumes I and II. Trans. Herbert Bolton. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark, 1919. Print.
Font, Father Fray Pedro. Font's Complete Diary: A Chronicle of the Founding of San Francisco. Trans. Herbert Bolton. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1933. Print.

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Jordan Wirfs-Brock, a graduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, created this site as an independent study project. You can contact her at jordanwb@gmail.com.


Copyright 2010 Jordan Wirfs-Brock
Last updated 5/06/2010