Nuevo México

Nuevo México

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noun | encyclopedia/culture
Pronounced: \nuevo meheeco\
IPA: /nweβo ‘mehiko/

Definition of Nuevo México

The frontier, colony, and territory phases of a region in the northern reaches of New Spain, and subsequently Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States, first referred to as Nuevo México by Spanish explorers during the 1530s and officially a recognized government of Spain, Mexico, and the United States from about 1598 to 1912. The capital of the region was usually Santa Fe, the region also housed the first capital city in New Spain which was Española. The culture is distinguished by their architecture found in the old territorial architecture and Spanish folk architecture, as well as the amalgamated modern Territorial Revival Style, also the modern territorial borders of cities, towns, and the acequias within the state. The area continues to exist as the U.S. State of New Mexico, its former territory also used to include parts of modern day Arizona, Southern Colorado, Southern Nevada, the Oklahoma panhandle, West Texas, and a small portion of southern Utah. In those areas, New Mexican culture still prevails as an influence in those state’s cultures, and vice versa.

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Origin of Nuevo México

The name of the colony comes from a misunderstanding, long before the country of Mexico had its name the Spanish mistook the Pueblos for being related to the mexica (Aztec) people, translating into English as Holy Faith of New Mexico. This is the third longest running culture within New Mexico, after the Pueblo modern culture and the Navajo modern culture / Apache modern culture.


Associated: This term references to the independent Spanish colony, a viceroyalty of New Spain under the Provincias Internas, and the Mexican and American territories.
First Known Use: 16th century


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