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    National Memorial Arizona



Coronado International Memorial - August 18, 1941
Coronado National Memorial - November 8, 1952

Coronado National Memorial was established as a unit of the National Park System to commemorate Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's sixteenth-century expedition into what is now the United States. This is the only national park unit commemorating this event. The memorial's southern boundary is on the border between the United States and Mexico and offers extraordinary views of the San Pedro River Valley and an opportunity to delve into the first major exploration of the American Southwest by European explorers.

Did You Know?

Oil painting of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado was born in 1510 in Salamanca Spain. He was only 30 years old when he began his expedition into what is now the American Southwest. His expedition was considered a failure and he died in obscurity in 1554.