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

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Soldiers

3bAnza

Living history re-enactment of "soldados de cuera" who wore long leather coats for armor.

Green Valley News

Spanish soldiers or "soldados" played a pivotal role in the history of the Tumacácori Mission and surrounding area. Juan Bautista de Anza II may be the most famous for his command of the Tubac Presidio and his overland expeditions to San Francisco, but he is but one of many significant military men.

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.