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History Along America’s Highways
New Mexico

New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. New Mexico is also 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.

Inhabited by Indigenous peoples of the Americas for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.  Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics, including descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America.  It also has the second-highest percentage of Indigenous peoples of the Americas, after Alaska, and the fourth-highest total number of Indigenous peoples of the Americas after California, Oklahoma, and Arizona. The tribes in the state consist of mostly Navajo and Pueblo peoples.

As a result, the demographics and culture of the state are unique for their strong Hispanic and American Indian influences. The flag of New Mexico is represented by the red and gold colors, which represent Spain, as well as the Zia symbol, an ancient symbol for the sun of that Pueblo-related tribe.

Counties:

  • Bernalillo County

  • Catron County

  • Chaves County

  • Cibola County

  • Colfax County

  • Curry County

  • De Baca County

  • Eddy County

  • Grant County

  • Guadalupe County

  • Harding County

  • Hidalgo County

  • Lea County

  • Lincoln County

  • Los Alamos County

  • Luna County

  • McKinley County

  • Mora County

  • Otero County

  • Quay County

  • Rio Arriba County

  • Roosevelt County

  • Sandoval County

  • San Juan County

  • San Miguel County

  • Santa Fe County

  • Sierra County

  • Socorro County

  • Taos County

  • Torrance County

  • Union County

  • Valencia County

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