15 Facts About New Mexico

1. New Mexico is home to several baseball teams of the Pecos League: the Santa Fe Fuego, the Roswell Invaders and the White Sands Pupfish.

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2. The City of Las Cruces, in southern New Mexico, has a museum system that is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program.

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3. New Mexico is one of eight states that funds college scholarships through the state lottery.

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4. New Mexico had been considered a swing state, whose population has favored both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, but it became more of a Democratic stronghold after the presidential election of 2008.

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5. New Mexico has had a problem with drunk driving, but that has lessened.

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6. New Mexico has long been an important corridor for trade and migration.

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7. New Mexico is one of the largest tax havens in the US, offering numerous economic incentives and tax breaks on personal and corporate income.

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8. New Mexico is the third-largest crude oil and ninth-largest natural gas producer in the United States.

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9. New Mexico has three dioceses, one of which is an archdiocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Diocese of Gallup, Diocese of Las Cruces.

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10. In 1989, New Mexico became the first state to officially adopt the English Plus resolution, and in 2008, the first to officially adopt a Navajo textbook for use in public schools.

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11. New Mexico dropped its claims to the Permian in a bid to gain statehood in 1911.

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12. New Mexico received its name long before the present-day nation of Mexico won independence from Spain and adopted that name in 1821.

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13. New Mexico is home to part of the Navajo Nation, nineteen federally-recognized Pueblo communities of Puebloan peoples and three different federally recognized Apache tribes.

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14. Economy of New Mexico is dependent on oil drilling, mineral extraction, dryland farming, cattle ranching, lumber milling, and retail trade.

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15. New Mexico is a state in the Southwestern Region of the United States of America.

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