In an enchanting place like New Mexico there’s no shortage of great stories. But not every story can become a full-blown New Mexicast episode. So we’ve added this “Did You Know?” or “DYK” as a chance to share some of these fascinating factoids with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

#DYK Taos and its environs have been the set of Hollywood films, documentaries, and TV commercials since the 1940s.

#DYK In 1920 the adoption of the l9th Amendment gives women the right to vote.

#DYK In 1916 Pancho Villa raids Columbus, New Mexico.

#DYK In 1912 New Mexico was admitted to the Union as the 47th state.

#DYK In 1910 The New Mexico Constitution is drafted in preparation for statehood.

#DYK In 1906 New Mexico and Arizona vote on the issue of joint statehood. NM voting in favor and AZ against.

#DYK In 1898 the first movie is filmed in New Mexico, Indian Day School by Thomas A. Edison.

#DYK In 1886 Geronimo surrenders; Indian hostilities cease in the Southwest.

#DYK In 1881 Billy the Kid was shot by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

#DYK In 1878 the railroad arrives in New Mexico, opening full-scale trade and migration from the east and midwest.

#DYK In 1863 New Mexico is partitioned in half. Territory of Arizona is created.

#DYK In 1863-68, known as the “Long Walk,” Navajos and Apaches return to Bosque Redondo: thousands die.

#DYK In 1862 the Battle of Velarde de and Glorieta Pass is fought and ends confederate occupation of New Mexico.

#DYK In 1861 the Confederates invade New Mexico from Texas. New Mexico loses extreme northern-most section.

#DYK In 1854 the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico, adds 45,000 square miles to the territory.

#DYK In 1851 Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy arrives in New Mexico and establishes schools, hospitals and orphanages.

#DYK In 1850 New Mexico (which included present-day Arizona) is designated a territory but denied statehood.

#DYK In 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War.

#DYK  In 1848 the U.S. acquired most of New Mexico, as a result of the Mexican War.

#DYK In 1847 the Taos Rebellion was held against the U.S. military. Gov. Chat Charles Bent killed.

#DYK In 1846 Mexican-American War begins. Stephen Watts Kearny annexes New Mexico to the US.

#DYK In 1841 Texas soldiers invade New Mexico and claim all land east of the Rio Grande.

#DYK In1837 the Chimayo Revolt against Mexican taxation leads to the assassination of Gov. Albino Perez.

#DYK In 1828 the first major gold discovery in the western U. S. was made in the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe.

#DYK In 1821 Mexico declares independence from Spain. Santa Fe Trail opened to international trade.

#DYK In 1807 Zebulon Pike leads the 1st American expedition into NM. Publishes account upon return to U.S.

#DYK In 1793 the first school text was printed in New Mexico by Padre Antonio Jose Martinez of Taos.

#DYK In 1786 Gov. Juan Bautista de Anza makes peace with the Comanches.

#DYK In 1776 Franciscan friars Dominguez and Escalante explore a route from New Mexico to California.

#DYK In 1743 French trappers reach Santa Fe and begin limited trade with the Spanish.

#DYK In 1706 “Villa de Albuquerque” was founded.

#DYK In the late 1600’s Navajos, Apaches, and Comanches began raids against Pueblo Indians.

#DYK In 1696 the Second Pueblo Revolt began; efforts were thwarted by Gov. De Vargas.

#DYK From 1692-93 Don Diego de Vargas recolonizes Santa Fe. Spanish civilization returns to New Mexico.

#DYK In 1680 there was a Pueblo Indian Revolt where the Spanish survivors fled to El Paso del Norte.

#DYK In 1641 Gov. Luis de Rosas was assassinated by colonists during a conflict between the church and state.

#DYK In 1626 the Spanish Inquisition was established in New Mexico.

#DYK In 1609 Pedro de Peralta was made governor of the “Kingdom and Provinces of New Mexico.”

#DYK c1600 San Gabriel, 2nd capital of New Mexico, is found at the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Chama River.


#DYK Napoleon sold a part of the Louisiana Purchase, which extended into the NE corner of New Mexico.

#DYK Some 6,000 years ago, nomadic hunter-gatherers passed through the Taos, New Mexico area.

#DYK c. 10000-500 B.C.E. Cochise people are first inhabitants with evidence of agriculture in the Southwest.

#DYK A.D. 300-1400 Mogollon culture introduces artistic pottery and early architecture in the form of pit houses.

#DYK A.D. 1-700 Anasazi basketmakers elevate weaving to an art, creating baskets, clothing, sandals and utensils.

#DYK Grants, New Mexico, was at one time known as the “Carrot capital of the country”.


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