By Dave Lewis
Previously: By the late 1700s and into the early 1800s, Spaniards -- explorers, soldiers, priests and settlers -- had criss-crossed Arizona several times. There were permanent Spanish settlements at Tubac and Tucson, nowhere else. Spain had tried and failed to establish a foothold at the critical Colorado River crossing at Yuma. Spanish progress in Arizona seems to have stopped.
Of this period, historian Edwin Corle wrote:
“From the death of Father Garces (1781) up to 1821. . . the history of all of Arizona is meager. It was a land where nothing happened.”Read More