Father Eusebio Kino, Spanish missionary, explorer and cartographer may be the individual that had the most profound impact on this land.
In 1867, Father Kino was assigned to the Pimeria Alta, an isolated region in the Sonoran Desert known for its indigenous resistance to colonization. Despite that, Father Kino established some of the most successful Jesuit missions in the Americans. Today, he is remembered by many as an advocate for native peoples and a peacemaker.
La Feria de Kino (the Festival of Kino) is held annualy in the town named after Father Kino a few hours drive across the border in Sonora, Mexico.