Santa Fe is the inspiring capital of New Mexico. Santa Fe is the oldest city in New Mexico and the oldest state capital in the United States. It is the seat of Santa Fe County.
Indigenous people had Pueblo villages in the area around the year 1050. Settlements are known to have been in Santa Fe over one hundred years before this as well. Europeans worked to colonize the area in 1598. It became the capital of the Province in 1610. The Republic of Texas claimed Santa Fe in 1836. In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico and soldiers claimed Santa Fe and all of New Mexico for the United States. The United States gained New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Santa Fe has a dry steppe climate. Winters are chilly and generally dry. Summers are hot and most rain occurs in July and August. Due to the city’s aridity and elevation the temperature can vary greatly throughout the day.
Tourism, government, healthcare, and education employ many residents. However, the fluctuation in employment numbers can be noted due to Santa Fe’s need to increase economic activities in other industries. There is focus on development of Arts and Culture, Design, Hospitality, Conservation Technologies, Software Development, Publishing and New Media, and Outdoor Gear and Apparel.
Although there is focus on developing the Arts and Culture industry, Santa Fe is known as a center for the arts. Visual Arts and Galleries are supported by the large number of artists that live in the area. There are numerous outdoor sculptures. There are authors living in the area and music, dance, and opera are significant aspects of the culture in Santa Fe. Many museums are located near Santa Fe’s downtown Plaza.
Tourism is important economically and tourists often come for the sites, weather, and outdoor activities. Skiing, hiking, and several annual festivals add to Santa Fe’s appeal. There are multiple architectural highlights.
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