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Why is New Mexico named New Mexico?

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America was fighting with Mexico in order to win the land which we know today as New Mexico. New Mexico was once part of Mexico, so when it finally became American territory, naturally they named it New Mexico.

According to the August 2014 issue of New Mexico Magazine, quoted Fray Angelico Chavez in his book, The "Kingdom of New Mexico," 'Most people think New Mexico was derived from our neighbor, the Republic of Mexico. This is a stupendous error, though one easy to make. The name of New Mexico is more than two centuries older than that of Old Mexico. You see, when Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec land south of us, which was given the name of New Spain, he found the great capital city of the Aztecs rich with gold and other treasure. The Spaniards called this city, and the beautiful valley in which it stood, the City and Valley of Mexico -- after one of the Indian names for the city, Mexitli.

Soon after, these Spaniards began to hear tales of a mysterious, wealthier land to the far north. Long before they even came here, they talked about this new rich land as La Nueva Mexico -- the new Mexico.'

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