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New Mexico
( The Land of Enchantment )
New Mexico Map New Mexico was the Spanish name for the territory north and west of the Rio Grande. New Mexico was admitted to the Union as the 47th state in 1912. New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment because of its scenic beauty and rich history. In 1540, the Spanish conquistador Coronado trekked through the area known today as New Mexico in search of the fabled seven cities of gold. The state has a large Hispanic population, as New Mexico was under Spanish control from the 16th century until about 1846. The influence of the Apache Indians who live there is evident in the artwork and culture. The Pueblo Indian presence is also very apparent, most visibly in the tribe's buildings. Part of the "Old West", New Mexico was a place known for cowboys and cattle drives. The landscape ranges from rose-colored deserts to snow-capped mountains. Lovers of history can visit Indian ruins, frontier forts and Spanish missions. Indian ceremonies, Spanish fiestas and local rodeos are among the most interesting events for tourists. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in New Mexico include: Annabeth Gish,

The Flag of New Mexico
New Mexico state flag Entered the Union in 1912 as the 47th State; flag adopted in 1925. The red and gold colors of Spain, which once ruled the area, are combined with an ancient sun symbol of the Zia tribe of Native Americans in this flag.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Albuquerque, 448,607; Las Cruces, 74,267; Santa Fe, 62,203; Rio Rancho, 51,765; Roswell, 45,293; Farmington, 37,844; Alamogordo, 35,582; Clovis, 32,667; Hobbs, 28,657; Carlsbad, 25,625
Business and Trade in New Mexico
Agriculture: Cattle, dairy products, hay, nursery stock, chilies.

Industries: Electric equipment, petroleum and coal products, food processing, printing and publishing, stone, glass, and clay products, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Roadrunner
  • Flower: Yucca Flower (yucca glauca)
  • Tree: Piņon (pinus edulis)
  • Song(s): O, Fair New Mexico
    Asi es Nuevo Mejico
  • Motto: Crescit Eundo (It Grows As It Goes)

New Mexico Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Fort Union National Monument - Watrous
Cibola National Forest - Albuquerque
Jemez Canyon Dam - Pena Blanca
Carson National Forest - Taos
Gila National Forest - Silver City
capital  Capital: Santa Fe

statehood  Statehood: 1912-01-06

population  Population:
1,819,046 (15 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 121,589.48
    Water 233.96
    Land 121,355.53
    Rank 5th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use

housing   Housing: In New Mexico, there are 780,579 housing units, averaging to 6.4 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Interior of 66 Diner on E, Central Avenue, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Interior of 66 Diner on E, Central Avenue, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Photographic Print 16" x 12"

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