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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In New Mexico History

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1. On February 24, 1821, the Mexican government officially declared New Mexico a province of Mexico, ending over 300 years of Spanish colonial rule.

2. In 1863, Union forces led by Colonel Kit Carson marched into Santa Fe on February 24, after the Confederate threat in New Mexico had been neutralized.

3. The famous Cochiti Dam in New Mexico was completed on February 24, 1973. The dam helps to control and regulate the flow of the Rio Grande river and provides important irrigation and water supply to the three states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

4. The historic town of Las Vegas, New Mexico was founded on February 24, 1835, by settlers who were hoping to establish a trading post and outpost in the area. The town quickly grew in size and became an important hub for the Santa Fe Trail.

5. On February 24, 1583, the Spanish explorer Antonio de Espejo reached the Pueblo of Puaray, which is located near the present-day city of Santa Fe. Espejo became the first European to visit the pueblo and he reported that the pueblo was already a well-established community with a population of around 1,200 people.
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