New Mexico was actually named 223 years before the country of Mexico existed

The early settlers of New Mexico were Native Americans who cultivated and hunted on the land 10,000 years before European explorers' arrival. After several decades of unsuccessful exploration by friars and soldiers, Juan de Onate of New Spain (present-day Mexico) was awarded treaties for colonization and in 1595 he established a colony pronouncing Santa Fe as the official capital of the Nuevo México colony in 1610.

New Mexico was actually named 223 years before the country of Mexico existed

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