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

    Tumacácori

    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?

Did You Know?

The Santa Cruz River begins in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona, runs south into Mexico, makes a sweeping U-turn and continues north through Sonora, Mexico and Arizona to join the Gila River and eventually the Colorado River which empties into the Gulf of California.