|New Mexico has one of the longest historic histories in the United States. As part of the Spanish Empire, New Mexico saw some of the earliest explorers in the West. Explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado headed an expedition in 1540-1542 seeking the "Seven Cities of Gold". This expedition began the Spanish colonization of the Southwest. As part of Mexico, New Mexico was ceded to the United States at the end of the Mexican-American War. New Mexico once included Arizona and parts of other states such as the southern tip of Nevada.|
New Mexico covers an area of over 121 thousand
square miles and as of 2010 has just over 2 million in population. As one of
the Four Corners states New Mexico touches Utah
at its northwest corner and is bordered by Colorado
on the north, Oklahoma and
Texas to the east and south, and Arizona
on the west.
New Mexico whose state nick name is "The Land of Enchantment" and has a varied geography consisting of deserts, such as White Sands, high plains in the east and a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains among many other geographic features.
New Mexico also has varied culture history and heritage represented by many diverse Native American groups, Mexican-Americans and Hispanic groups and many Euro-American ethnicities.
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Mexico is a great place to visit because of both its natural and
cultural resources. One of the most popular places to visit is
Carlsbad Cavern National Park. The Carlsbad Caverns are in the southeast
part of New Mexico and about 22 miles southwest of the city of Carlsbad.
Besides natural attractions, New Mexico also has attractions such as Roswell.
Roswell is the alleged site of a UFO crash in the early summer of 1947.
Whether anyone believes in UFO's or that this incident happened some
people in the town of Roswell have embraced the phenomenon because it
attracts thousands of visitors each year. UFO's draw tourists and a
belief in them is not required to benefit from the visitors that do.
A different kind of cultural attraction is provided by places such as Taos and Santa Fe. Taos and Santa Fe are high end tourist destinations the reflect a Southwestern style and culture that is a unique blend of American, Mexican and Spanish culture. New Mexico hotels of reflect this style and draw millions of visitors each year.
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