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Today, Tucson is a big city that has retained its rich, small-town charm, which earned it the nickname, "The Old Pueblo."
Tucson is a cosmopolitan city with a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, African American, Asian and Anglo heritages. Ancient Hohokam Indians developed complex irrigation systems in the area for growing crops. The name "Tucson" is derived from the Indian word, "Chuk-son," meaning village of the dark spring at the foot of the mountains.
The city was established in 1775 by Spanish soldiers as a walled presidio - the Presidio of San Augustin de Tucson. Tucson became a part of Mexico in 1821 when Mexico won its independence from Spain, and in 1854 became a part of the United States as part of the Gadsden Purchase. Following a turbulent territorial period racked by conflict with the Apache Indians, Arizona became the 48th state in 1912.
Tucson's Relocation Guide offers detailed information about our community.