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1. New Mexico, the land of alien landings (allegedly), is this week’s stop for #50Weeks50Constitutions. New Mexico, the #LandofEnchantment has only had a single constitution—but there were a few drafts before Congress admitted it to the Union in 1912.
2. New Mexico’s territory came under Spanish control with an expedition in search of riches in the 1540’s. By 1609, the Spanish established a capital at Santa Fe, which remains the capital today. The Spanish controlled the land until Mexican independence in 1821.
3. But with the outbreak of the Mexican-American war in 1846 the land came under U.S. control. Control that was later formalized in 1848 with the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. The people originally thought statehood was the path forward, but Congress had a different idea.
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