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Santa Fe, New Mexico

City: Santa Fe

County: Santa Fe

State: New Mexico Territory

Lat/Long: 35.6833, -105.9333

Founded in 1609, Santa Fe is located approximately forty miles west of Las Vegas. During the Mexican War, American forces under General Stephen W. Kearny occupied the city. Santa Fe became the capital of New Mexico Territory in 1851, and is the oldest capital in the United States. During the Civil War, the Confederate Army captured and occupied Santa Fe for a short time.

Frank R. Abate, ed., American Places Dictionary (Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1994), 4:477; Webster's New Geographical Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1988), 1074; Joseph P. Sánchez, Robert L. Spude, and Art Gómez, New Mexico: A History (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), 131.