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Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

  Santa Fe is the capitol of New Mexico.  It is the oldest capitol in the United States. It is the fourth largest city in New Mexico.

  Santa Fe in Spanish means “holy faith”.  The estimated population is 74,000 people.  Santa Fe’s elevation is 7,260 feet, (2,134m).  Santa Fe has an average of 325 days of sunshine and blue sky.  It is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the foothills of the Rockies.

  It was originally occupied by Pueblo Indians, mostly the Tewa people.  Spanish soldiers, officials and Franciscan missionaries tried to convert the Indians from 1607-1692, but the Indians revolted killing hundreds of the Spanish colonists and driving the rest back into Mexico.  The Spanish re-conquered the region in 1692.

  Today, Santa Fe is a very interesting place to visit, mostly because of the preservation of historic buildings.  Santa Fe is home to The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum that opened in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the artist.

  The Indian Market is the city’s biggest event of the year. It is the world’s best and largest Native American art market.

  You can take tours, golf, go hiking or take a white water rafting trip down the Rio Grande River.  There are many restaurants, casinos and shops.  The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has hands on activities, parks and a planetarium.

  The official website for Santa Fe, New Mexico is:  http://www.santafenm.gov

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