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Bird symbol is the Greater Roadrunner
Beep beep! Mexico's is the Golden Eagle
Was given its present name first
The region that is now New Mexico was named by the Spanish in 1581, although it did not attain statehood and its current boundaries until 1912. Mexico adopted its name in 1821.
Site of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
Birthplace of Frida Kahlo
Home to Aztec civilisations
Elected a female Secretary of State in 1922
Soledad Chávez Chacón
Capital city more than 7,000ft above sea level
Mexico City 7,350 feet, Santa Fe 7,199 feet
Borders four states of the USA
Mexico borders California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. New Mexico borders Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. The corners of New Mexico and Utah meet at the Four Corners, but there is no borderline.
Abolished capital punishment in 2005
New Mexico abolished capital punishment in 2009 (for crimes committed after 1 July 2009).
The most common surnames are Martinez, Garcia and Chavez
According to Ancestry.com. The most common surnames in Mexico are Hernández, García and Lòpez, according to Inside-Mexico.com.
Hosts the largest hot air balloon festival in the world
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta