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Pimería Alta (upper land of the Pimas) was a province or region referred as Spanish Colonial Mexico encompassing what is now southern Arizona and northern Sonora. The area took its name from the Pima and closely related O'odham (Papago) indigenous peoples residing in the Sonoran Desert. Pimería Alta was the site of the Spanish missions in the Sonoran Desert established by Father Kino in the late 17th century.