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The floodplain of the Santa Cruz River was extensively farmed during the Early Agricultural Period, circa 1200 BC to AD 150.These people constructed irrigation canals and grew corn, beans, and other crops while gathering wild plants and hunting.The Early Ceramic period occupation of Tucson saw the first extensive use of pottery vessels for cooking and storage.The groups designated as the Hohokam lived in the area from AD 600 to 1450 and are known for their vast irrigation canal systems and their red-on-brown pottery.Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino visited the Santa Cruz River valley in 1692, and founded the Mission San Xavier del Bac in 1700 about 7 mi (11 km) upstream from the site of the settlement of Tucson.

Tucson became a part of the United States of America, although the American military did not formally take over control until March 1856.

Tucson and all of what is now Arizona were part of New Mexico Territory until 1863, when they became part of the new Arizona Territory.

From 1867 to 1877, Tucson was the capital of the Arizona Territory.

The Spanish name of the city, Tucsón Tucson was probably first visited by Paleo-Indians, known to have been in southern Arizona about 12,000 years ago.

Recent archaeological excavations near the Santa Cruz River have located a village site dating from 2100 BC.

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