Humans have seen and been around the Grand Canyon since the Ice Age. After the Mexican-American War, the United States invested in exploring the territory it had just acquired from Mexico, which included the Grand Canyon because they were hoping to turn it into a trade route. It didn’t turn into a national landmark until the early 1900s. These are the seven explorers, miners, and developer that have helped turn it into what it is today.
- Some of the tribes and groups that have deep spiritual connections with the Grand Canyon and its area include indigenous Havasupai, Paiute, Hopi, White Mountain Apache tribes.
- It was after the Mexican-American war where the US took some territory from Mexico that the government funded expeditions to improve the area for trade purposes.
- One of the first anglo explorers to take on the Grand Canyon was a military man called Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives.
“Spanish explorers are credited with being the first Europeans to see the Grand Canyon in 1540, but historians believe humans have lived in and around Grand Canyon since the Ice Age.”