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A city in SE Arizona, at an altitude of 700m (2400 ft.): resort and seat of the University of Arizona (1891). Population: 449 002 (1996 est.).

Summary Article: Tucson from The Columbia Encyclopedia
Tucson (t´sŏn´´), city (1990 pop. 405,390), seat of Pima co., SE Ariz.; inc. 1877. Situated in a desert plain surrounded by mountains, Tucson is an important and rapidly growing transportation and tourist center; its dry, sunny, and hot climate attracts vacationers and health seekers. An international airport is there. The city also has large electronics, optics, and biotechnology research industries, and serves as the processing and distribution center for the cotton and livestock raised in the area and for the many mining (chiefly copper) operations. Machinery; electronic and communications equipment; textiles; and metal, plastic, paper, and rubber products are manufactured. Tucson is one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities. The first Spanish settlers arrived in the late 17th cent., and in 1700, Father Eusebio Kino founded Mission San Xavier del Bac 9 mi (14.5 km) south of the Native American village of Tucson. The...    Continue Reading

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