The Arizona Historical Photograph collection includes various photographic formats created between 1883-1955. It focuses
on two main groups: 1. Civic development subjects such as agriculture, construction, mining, and water reclamation, and 2.
Scenic views in and around the Grand Canyon. The collection was assembled by the Southwest Museum staff and includes works
from multiple creators and collectors.
Arizona was the 48th state to enter the United States of America, being granted statehood on 1912 February 14th. It has been
populated by Native American tribes such as Apache, Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, and Tohono O'odham, for at least 12,000 years.
Spanish explorers from Mexico entered Arizona starting in 1539 and started settlements there in 1629. When Mexico gained independence
from Spain in 1821, it claimed the land covering Arizona and New Mexico as a Mexican territory. The United States claimed
this territory in 1848 after winning the Mexican War. Native Americans were always battling the various settlers, but the
last raiding party of Apaches surrendered in 1886. Arizona is still home to the third-largest Native American population,
with reservations inhabiting over a quarter of the state.
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