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Moving to New Mexico
Think New Mexico and you think warmth and sunshine. In fact, the original state nickname was the Sunshine State because every part of New Mexico receives at least 70 percent sunshine year-round. New Mexico is now called the Land of Enchantment and you won't be disappointed. New Mexico was named by 16th century Spanish explorers who hoped to find gold and wealth equal to Mexico's Aztec treasures. You may not find gold, but you will find your heart's desire in New Mexico.
New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. With an area of 121,593 square miles, NM is the 5th largest state in the US. It ranks as the 36th most populace state with a population of 1,819,046 (as of 2000). Major industries are mining (potash, copper, silver, uranium), oil, natural gas, and tourism. NM is a state that has far more sheep and cattle than people. There are only about 12 people per square mile making it easy for New Mexico to live up to its state slogan: Everybody is somebody is New Mexico.
Now that you are moving to New Mexico, enchant your friends and family with your New Mexico knowledge:
State Capital is Santa Fe.
Largest City is Albuquerque.
Santa Fe is the ending point of the 800 mile Santa Fe Trail which began as a trade route from Kansas City, Kansas.
The Palace of Governors in Santa Fe is the oldest Government Building in the United States, built in 1610.
Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the US at 7,000 feet above sea level.
State Motto: "Crescit eundo" - It grows as it goes.
New Mexico is one of the four corner states, bordering at the same point with Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
1/4 of New Mexico is forested. NM has the nation's largest forest, the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest which includes the Gila Wilderness.
State Gem: Turquoise. Beautiful ornamental creations are made by Native Americans; it is said that the wearer will be protected from illness and bad luck.
State Bird is the Roadrunner. The roadrunner is a type of cuckoo.
Catholic missionaries first settled in the area that would become Albuquerque, building churches in several pueblos in the early 1600s.
New Mexico is the only state in the union which feels the necessity to include "USA" on its automobile license plates.
State Flower is the Yucca.
The leaves of the Yucca can be used to make rope, baskets and sandals.
Zia, the symbol of the sun, is found in almost every phase of New Mexico graphics. The official salute to the flag states, "I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zía symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures."
New Mexico's State Constitution officially states that New Mexico is a bilingual State, and 1 out of 3 families in New Mexico speak Spanish at home.
State Cooke is the Bizcochito (bees-ko-CHEE-toh). Ingredients include one pound pure lard and ¼ cup red wine. The recipe donor states "lard is a must even if the health conscious cringe. The lard is what makes them light. You can't make bizcochitos without lard."
Enjoy your new home - New Mexico!