ARIZONA - THE GRAND CANYON STATE
Arizona (/ˌærɪˈzoʊnə/ Navajo: Hoozdo Hahoodzo; O'odham: Alĭ ṣonak is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the 6th largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.
Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. Historically part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain, it became part of independent Mexico in 1821. After being defeated in the Mexican–American War, Mexico ceded much of this territory to the United States in 1848. The southernmost portion of the state was acquired in 1853 through the Gadsden Purchase.
Southern Arizona is known for its desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters. Northern Arizona features forests of pine, Douglas fir, and spruce trees; the Colorado Plateau; mountain ranges (such as the San Francisco Mountains); as well as large, deep canyons, with much more moderate summer temperatures and significant winter snowfalls. There are ski resorts in the areas of Flagstaff, Alpine, and Tucson. In addition to the internationally known Grand Canyon National Park, which is one of the world's seven natural wonders, there are several national forests, national parks, and national monuments.
About one-quarter of the state is made up of Indian reservations that serve as the home of 27 federally recognized Native American tribes, including the Navajo Nation, the largest in the state and the United States, with more than 300,000 citizens.
Ditat Deus (latin) God Enriches
Arizona State Anthem - Arizona March Song
words by Margaret Rowe Clifford, music by Maurice Blumenthal
Come to this land of sunshine
To this land where life is young.
Where the wide, wide world is waiting,
The songs that will now be sung.
Where the golden sun is flaming
Into warm, white, shining day,
And the sons of men are blazing
Their priceless right of way.
Sing the song that's in your hearts;
Sing of the great Southwest.
Thank God, for Arizona
In splendid sunshine dressed,
For thy beauty and thy grandeur,
For thy regal robes so sheen.
We hail thee, Arizona,?
Our Goddess and our Queen.
Come, stand beside the rivers
Within our valleys broad
Stand here with heads uncovered,
In the presence of our God!
While all around about us,
The brave, unconquered band
As guardians and landmarks,
The giant mountains stand.
Not alone for gold and silver
Is Arizona great;
But with graves of heroes sleeping,
All the land is consecrate!
O, come and live beside us
However far ye roam
Come, help us build up temples
And name those temples "Homes."
© 1915 by Margaret Rowe Clifford, currently held by the State of Arizona.
"Arizona" by Rex Allen, Jr.
I love you, Arizona;
Your mountains, deserts and streams;
The rise of Dos Cabezas* And the outlaws I see in my dreams;
I love you Arizona, Superstitions and all;
The warmth you give at sunrise;
Your sunsets put music in us all.
You're the magic in me;
Oo, Arizona, You're the life-blood of me;
I love you Arizona;
Desert dust on the wind;
The sage and cactus are blooming, And the smell of the rain on your skin.