• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.


    National Historical Park Arizona

Juan Marcelo Diaz

He was born in May of 1736, but the exact day is unknown at this time. He went to Querétaro in 1763 from where he was transferred to the Pimería alta in May of 1768. He was stationed at Caborca, from where he left on the exploratory expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza to Alta California in 1774. Returning from there he was sent to Baja California where he became president of those missions in 1775.

Did You Know?

Tumacácori Mission church, ca. 1889

Construction of the Franciscan church at Tumacácori took place from about 1800 through the early 1820s. Due to lack of funds, the plans for the structure not only had to be modified, the building was never finished.