The Land of Enchantment
Before becoming the 47th US state in 1912, the former US territory of New Mexico was once a part of Mexico, and also a territory of the Spanish Empire. Few American states can boast such a colorful legacy. With its rich indigenous heritage, Spanish and Mexican influences, and later importance in the Western theater of the American Civil War, its significance in US history cannot be overstated.
New Mexico’s geography is as varied as its peoples. From towering, snow-capped peaks and heavily forested mountain wilderness, to wide, rose colored deserts and broken mesas, it’s clear to see why the ‘Land of Enchantment’ is such an apt description.
From Taos to Las Cruces, Dennis Hopper to Georgia O’Keefe, and Wheeler Peak to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico means so many different things to so many of its residents and visitors alike. It’s no wonder that this place has captured the corazón of so many. Now would you prefer Red or Green?!