New Mexico State Flags & Banners available in all sizes in nylon and polyester. The U.S. acquired most of New Mexico in 1848, as a result of the Mexican War, and the remainder in the 1853 Gadsden Purchase. The state of New Mexico entered the union in January 6, 1912 as the 47th state. The red and gold colors of the New Mexico flag are taken from the flag of Spain, along with the ancient sun symbol of the Zia, a Pueblo-related tribe. See more New Mexico gift ideas and souvenirs.
Information and history of the state of New Mexico
Francisco VÃ¡squez de Coronado, a Spanish explorer searching for gold, traveled the region that became New Mexico in 1540â€“1542. In 1598 the first Spanish settlement was established on the Rio Grande River by Juan de Onate; in 1610 Santa Fe was founded and made the capital of New Mexico.
The U.S. acquired most of New Mexico in 1848, as a result of the Mexican War, and the remainder in the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.
Congress admitted New Mexico as the 47th state in the Union on January 6, 1912
Some New Mexico Symbols
1. State Bird
2. State Mammal
3. State Flower
4. State Gem
5. State Insect
6. State Tree
7. State Reptile
8. State Amphibian
9. State Fish
10. State Aircraft
Greater Roadrunner -The roadrunner was designated the official state bird of New Mexico in 1949.
Black Bear- The black bear was designated the official state animal of New Mexico in 1963. A black bear's head is the symbol of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Smokey Bear was found as a cub cowering in an injured tree after a 17,000 acre forest fire in the Lincoln National Forest near Capitan.
Yucca - New Mexico designated the blossom of the desert yucca plant as the state flower in 1927.
Turquoise - New Mexico designated turquoise as the official state gem in 1967. Probably one of the oldest gemstones known, turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral.
Tarantula Hawk Wasp - The tarantula hawk wasp was designated the official state insect of New Mexico in 1989.
Pinyon - New Mexico designated the pinyon, or nut pine as the official state tree in 1948.
New Mexico Whiptail Lizard -The New Mexico whiptail lizard was designated the official state reptile of New Mexico in 2003.
New Mexico Spadefoot Toad - New Mexico spadefoot toad was designated the official state amphibian of New Mexico in 2003.
New Mexico Cutthroat Trout - New Mexico designated the native New Mexico cutthroat trout as the official state fish in 1955.
Hot Air Balloon -New Mexico designated the hot air balloon as the official state aircraft in 2005. Albuquerque, New Mexico is known worldwide for its famous yearly hot air balloon mass ascension event - The International Balloon Fiesta.
Did you know?
Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level.
White Sands National Monument is a desert, not of sand, but of gleaming white gypsum crystals.
Lakes and Rivers make up only .002% of the state's total surface area. The lowest water-to-land ratio of all 50 states.
The Navajo, the Nation's largest Native American Group, have a reservation that covers 14 million Acres.
The world's first Atomic Bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945 on the White Sands Testing Range near Alamogordo.
To a certain degree New Mexico's Indian Reservations function as states within a state where tribal law may supersede state law.
The City of Truth or Consequences was once called Hot Springs. In 1950 the town changed its name to the title of a popular radio quiz program.