Arizona is a state with a strong and diverse Latino community and an Indian population with a history that goes back over a thousand years. Along the East Coast of the United States, the newcomers from Europe arrived from the east in the early 1600s. In The Southwest, Marcos deNiza along with Estevanico (an escaped African slave), arrived in the current United States in 1539, a half century before British Colonies started in the northeast. Most of the cultural history of the Southwest comes from the Spanish and Indian influence yet, the British version of history is still primarily taught in the schools. In Prescott, Arizona, amidst much political controversy, public art has made national news while sparking an important dialogue about education, Native History, and racism.
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