Espanola Sunset - New Mexico
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Espanola is a city primarily in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, in the United States. A portion of the central and eastern section of the city is in Santa Fe County. Espanola was founded in 1880 as a railroad village and incorporated as a city in 1925. The city is situated in an area Juan de Onate declared a capital for Spain in 1598. Espanola has been called the first capital city in America. At the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 10,495. Espanola is within the Albuquerque � Santa Fe � Las Vegas combined statistical area.
The Espanola area (known as the "San Juan Valley" to the early Spaniards) is also known as the first European-founded capital of the "New World." The region was explored In 1598 by Don Juan de Onate. He declared the area a capital for Spain, the area of Don Diego de Vargas' new villa at Santa Cruz. Onate arrived in the Espanola area on July 11, 1598, at the confluence of the Chama River and the Rio Grande, where he established a camp at a place then called Yunque-Yunque. He created a Spanish settlement in an area already inhabited by the indigenous descendants of the Anasazi.
March 15th, 2014
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