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Sat, Jan 29


Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Discovering the "Discoverers:" New Evidence of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in Southern Arizona

Discovering the "Discoverers:" New Evidence of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in Southern Arizona

Time & Location

Jan 29, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646, USA

About the Event


Please see other dates:

February 5th:  The Mystery Unfolds: Implications & Surprises of the Coronado Sites Discovery (Talk #2)

April 2nd:  Reconsidering the "Discoverers": Native Perspectives on the "Discovery" of Themselves and Their Land (Talk #3)


The Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents:  Discovering the "Discoverers:" New Evidence of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in Southern Arizona (Talk #1 of 3) by Dr. Deni Seymour, Archeologist

This is part one of three with future dates (details pending) of:  Saturday, February 5th and Saturday, April 2nd.

See video announcement: 

Definitive evidence has been discovered of the 1539 and 1540 expedition of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado through Arizona.

One of the longest standing mysteries in the American Southwest is the route taken by Fray Marcos de Niza and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado through Sonora and Arizona. They were the first Europeans to step foot into this region in 1539 and 1540. Abundant evidence has been found in neighboring New Mexico and also a site has been found in Texas, but their path through Arizona and Sonora has remained a question for nearly 500 years. Recent discoveries in southern Arizona reveal evidence of the presence of this important expedition, that represents the moment of first contact between Europeans and Native populations in what is now the Southwestern US. Among the findings is a large encampment with hundreds of the diagnostic mid-16th century artifacts that are required to prove the presence of these expeditionaries here in Arizona. 

Early 16th-century weapons, like those used on the expedition, will be displayed with weapons experts on hand to discuss their use. 

This is a fund raiser for Tubac Presidio. Limited seating is available, so make reservations now for the Big Reveal. 

Snacks will be served. $15 per lecture. Children 6 and under are free. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. B.Y.O.C. – (bring your own chair) this lecture will take place outdoors in our large picnic area.   Admission to this lecture includes all day entrance into the park and the historic buildings.

There is a $3 per ticket cancellation fee if credit card payment is made prior to the lecture and a refund is needed. Call to RSVP (520) 398-2252 or RSVP via our website.   If you have additional questions, call or email us!

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  • Discovering the "Discovers"


    Admission fee includes the lecture and all day admission into the park, museum, and historic buildings.






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