Dates in Arizona
Marcos de Niza, a Franciscan priest, entered what
is now Arizona.
1540 Coronado led a
Spanish expedition into the region.
1692 Eusebio Kino, a Jesuit priest, began missionary work
in the Santa Cruz and San Pedro valleys.
was founded as a fort.
became part of Mexico.
the Mexican War,
Mexico ceded to the United States an area
including most of what is now Arizona.
1853 The Gadsden
Purchase, which added
territory to Arizona, was signed by the United
States and Mexico.
1861-1872 Apache Indians led by
Cochise and others terrorized white settlers in
1863 Congress created the
became the 48th state on February 14.
1936 Boulder Dam
1948 Arizona Indians received
the right to vote.
Supreme Court of the United States gave Arizona
rights to large amounts of Colorado River water.
1965 Arizona Judge Lorna
Lockwood became the first woman chief justice of
a state supreme court.
1969 Navajo Community College at
Tsaile, near Lukachukai, became the first college
ever built on an Indian reservation.
Vasquez de Coronado
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