US/AZ History Class Mission Trip

Students in the US/AZ History class have been learning about the history of Southern Arizona this quarter through the broad theme of ‘food’, including the influx of Old World crops to the indigenous people via the Spanish mission system. The class spent the day visiting two missions in the area- Tumacacori and San Xavier del Bac- in order to learn about the introduction and adoption of european crops to the O’Odham people, as well as the cultural and historical consequences of forced assimilation and acculturation.

In addition to the historical experience, the students also got the chance to explore part of the Santa Cruz River that actually flows nearly year-round, a stark reminder of the significance of water to this region for all civilizations and cultures, and without which settlement would never have been possible.