It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged because my boyfriend and I were away on a wonderful week-long trip to the Land of Enchantment – aka: New Mexico, USA.We flew in to Albuquerque and made out way to a beautiful house in the countryside just outside of Santa Fe.
When you travel around New Mexico, you’ll be immediately impressed with its varying landscape, mesas and deeply rooted culture. It’s easy to see how the 47th state got it’s moniker. New Mexico has Native American, Hispanic and Anglo heritage. It joined the Union on January 6, 1912. It has 33 counties. Santa Fe is the nation’s highest state capital at 7,000 feet above sea level. New Mexico is 121,589 square miles, making it the fifth largest state!Santa Fean Harry P. Mera designed the state flag in 1920 to highlight New Mexico’s Native American Pueblo and Nuevo México Hispano roots. It features the ancient sun symbol of the Zia people in red, in the centre of a field of yellow.From its centre, the sun symbol has four rays pointing out from the circle in four different directions. The number four is sacred to the Zia and symbolized the four points of the compass, the four seasons, the four stages of life and the four times of day.
The circle binds these elements together. The flag’s colours evoke the red and yellow of old Spain: the flags of Habsburg (the Cross of Burgundy) and the Crown of Aragon brought by the conquistadors. The flag was officially introduced in 1925 and has been used ever since.
New Mexico at a glance:
Capital: Santa Fe, founded 1610
Largest City: Albuquerque, founded 1706
State Animal: Black bear
State Bird: Roadrunner
State Flower: Yucca
State Tree: Piñon
State Vegetable: Chile and Pinto Beans (Frijoles)
State Fossil: Coelophysis
State Gem: Turquoise
State Nickname: Land of Enchantment
I’m looking forward to sharing my New Mexico adventure with you – stay tuned for more!
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