Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado was one of the first Europeans to comprehensively explore New Mexico in 1540 after hearing grandiose stories told by Estebanico the Moor. Estebanico, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and two other companions were the first Europeans to see New Mexico. They roamed across the Southwest looking for Mexico after being shipwrecked and lost off the coast of Florida in the 1530s.
Coronado and his expedition of conquistadores believed the wanderers’ stories of New Mexico, which were embellished upon by Franciscan missionaries eager to convert the natives. He searched in vain for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, a society rumored to be built of gold. Although Coronado died a broken man because of his failure to find gold, he was successful in charting much of the area for future explorers and colonizers of New Mexico, blazing much of the east-west path of modern-day Route 66 in the state. more....
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New Mexico became the 47th state Jan. 6, 1912.
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The New Mexico Archives contain some online records that may prove valuable in your research. Files are listed on pages sorted by county.
New Mexico History, Maps and Timelines. See when the counties were created and a timeline history of NM.
Historical Encyclopedia of New Mexico. Memorial Edition, by the New Mexico Historical Association. See the Index to this encyclopedia.
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New Mexico County Clerk Addreses for birth, marriage and divorce records.
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