Much has been written about Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro, but perhaps it is precisely the brilliance and dimension of their deeds that has obscured those carried out by other explorers no less intrepid. Within the epic exploration by land and sea was a man almost unknown, the Extremaduran García López de Cárdenas who found a “ravine” for which he could not even go down: the Grand Canyon, a gigantic furrow 446 kilometers long and 1,600 meters of depth pierced by the river for millions of years.

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