Ensign Don Joseph de Payba Basconzelos, 1726, and T.H. O’Sullivan, 1873

The Atlantic: “Nearly 150 years ago, photographer [Timothy] O’Sullivan came across this evidence of a visitor to the West that preceded his own expedition by another 150 years — A Spanish inscription from 1726. This close-up view of the inscription carved in the sandstone at Inscription Rock (El Morro National Monument), New Mexico reads, in English: ‘By this place passed Ensign Don Joseph de Payba Basconzelos, in the year in which he held the Council of the Kingdom at his expense, on the 18th of February, in the year 1726.'”

O’Sullivan responded with his own inscription:

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