New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. It is usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is the 5th most extensive, the 36th most populous, and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States. The eastern border of New Mexico lies the state of Oklahoma and with Texas. On the southern border, Texas makes up the eastern two-thirds, while the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora make up the western third, with Chihuahua making up about 90% of that. The western border is with Arizona. The southwestern corner of the state is known as the Bootheel. Northern boundary is with with Colorado. The states New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah come together at the Four Corners in the northwestern corner of New Mexico
New Mexico was named by the Spanish, in reference to Mexico
Name take from the country of Mexico.
The name of this state is an Anglicized version of "Nuevo Mexico," the Spanish name for the upper Rio Grande. Mexico, an Aztec spelling, means "place of Mexitli" one of the Aztec gods.
Before Land of Enchantment became the state slogan, New Mexico went by the nickname The Sunshine State, based on the fact that every part of New Mexico receives at least 70 percent sunshine year-round.
New Mexico received its nickname because of its natural beauty and rich history. The Spanish and Mexicans used to occupy the state and there is still a lot of their culture leftover. For example, New Mexicans have many Spanish fiestas, Spanish food and Spanish is spoken everywhere. Every year thousands of tourists visit this enchanted state and you can be one to! Come visit New Mexico! It really is a land of enchantment.
Lillian Whiting first noted the phrase, "Land of Enchantment," in the title of her book on New Mexico in 1906. In September 1935, Joseph A. Bursey, Director of the State Tourist Bureau, designed a brochure using this phrase. That same year New Mexico Magazine first advertised using "The Land of Enchantment" to encourage tourism in the state. The year this nickname first appeared on New Mexico license plates was in 1941. But it wasn't until 1947 that the Tourist Bureau filed with the Secretary of State for exclusive right to use the phrase as their trademark. This phrase was adopted as the official nickname of the state June 18, 1999.
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"New Andalusia" is a reference to a part of southern Spain where culture and beauty mix well.
"Land of the Cactus" refers to the cacti that grow so abundantly in the state, particularly along the border with Mexico and on the plains.
"The Colorful State" is a nickname shared with Colorado and a reference to the many different and colorful scenic areas to be found here.
New Mexico has been referred to as "The Spanish State" because of its border with Mexico, its historical background and the proportion of its Spanish speaking population.
The Land of Sunshine or The Sunshine State are nicknames that refer to the generous portion of sunshine that "rains" down upon New Mexico. "Sunshine State" appeared on state license plates before 1941.
This nickname, suggested by George Wharton James, was to celebrate the state's influence on literature and art and because "...it is also the home of the first real field-school of American Archaeology in America." The name was suggested by a book by Adolf Bandelier,The Delight Makers.
So called because of its natural beauty, its climate, its newness at the time, its free lands and its industries. New Mexico was described as place that offered enough opportunity to fulfill the hopes of all who came.
This is another historical nickname that promoted New Mexico as a land of unbound opportunity. Its location was between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, it provided an ideal climate and was still relatively undeveloped.
"The Outer Space State" is a reference to reported incidents that occurred in Roswell, New Mexico, including the suspected crash and cover-up of a UFO.