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New Mexico is NOT named after the Mexico. New Mexico and Mexico are both named after the Aztec war god and patron of the Aztecs, Mexitli. Mexico means 'place where Mexitli lives'. Spanish explorers exploring upper Rio Grande region in the late 16th century used the name "Nuevo Mexico" (meaning 'New Mexico') to refer the area that is present-day New Mexico state. Mexico, formerly a part of New Spain, adopted its name centuries later in 1821, after winning independence from Spanish rule. Consequently, New Mexico was only a part of the independent federal republic of Mexico for 12 years, 1836 through 1848.
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New Mexico has the highest capital city in the United States. At 7,000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States.


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New Mexico has the largest Hispanic population of all the states. About 48% of the state's population are Hispanics
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Micro-Soft was founded on April 4, 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Later it was moved from Albuquerque to Washington state and the name was changed to Microsoft Corporation, Inc.
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The nine-day Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta held each October is the largest balloon convention in the world. Albuquerque's cool early temperatures and predictable wind patterns make it particularly well-suited for hot air ballooning.
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White Sands National Monument is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The result of water evaporating from transitory lakes with a high mineral content, gypsum deposits are windswept into picturesque white sand dunes spanning 275 square miles.

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On July 16, 1945, the world’s first detonation of a nuclear weapon, nicknamed "The Gadget", was conducted at the White Sands Proving Ground, on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, New Mexico. The code name "Trinity" for the test was given by J. Robert Oppenheimer, inspired by a poem of John Donne
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New Mexico's the only state with an official question: "Red or green?"
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Smokey Bear was a mascot created in 1944 by the USDA Forest Service and the War Advertising Council. Six years later, in 1950, a black bear cub rwas escued from a tree after a wildfire in New Mexico's Capitan Mountains. The bear cub was named Smokey Bear, after the mascot. The cub became a celebrity at the National Zoo. He even received his own zip code and spurred New Mexico into making the black bear the official state animal.
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New Mexico has more Ph.D.s per capita than any other state
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Built in 1610, the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.
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Founded in 1610, Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in the United States
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New Mexico is the only state in the United States where lawmakers don't receive salaries. New Mexico's lawmakers, called citizen legislators because they work without a salary, qualify for state pensions after five years in office
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Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) is the busiest airport in New Mexico
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The New Mexico State Capitol, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the only round state capitol in the United States, and is known informally as "the Roundhouse".
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