Eusebio Francisco Kino: El Cariblanco
— Charles W. Polzer


Whoever comes to southern Arizona is bound to hear the name "Kino." Actually this has been the case for centuries. Maybe Kino is not as well known in other parts of the nation, but here he is hero, pioneer-explorer and priest. In 1687 he came to the despoblado that Coronado had abandoned and that Spanish colonists feared to cross. Kino saw here a rich land, an industrious people and an unexcelled potential for new missions. Not all agreed with Kino; not even all agree today.

Who was this forceful man? What ambition drove him into the desert? What did he see that others rejected? What dreams did he have that escaped others?

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Recommended Citation:

  1. Polzer, Charles W., 1978, Eusebio Francisco Kino: El Cariblanco, in: Land of Cochise, Callender, J. F.; Wilt, Jan C.; Clemons, R. E.; James, H. L., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 29th Field Conference, pp. 361-364.

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