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

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Women of the Pimería Alta

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María Rita Duran as portrayed by Park Ranger Anita Badertscher

NPS Photo

The women of the Pimería Alta made outstanding contributions to the communities they lived in. Unfortunately, most of them were uneducated and could not write, making it difficult to learn much about them. The searchable Mission 2000 database, however, grows every year as more documents are translated and input into the system. A few of the most compelling stories from Mission 2000 have been summarized by park interpreters and historians. Here are some notable women from the annals of mission history:

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.