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History of Santa Fe

Travelers and residents alike have long considered Santa Fe the gem of the Southwest.  At 7,000 feet, situated in the foothills of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is an experience like no other.

As the state capital of New Mexico and the oldest state capital in America celebrates its 400-year anniversary we are reminded how Santa Fe became a world-class destination of three cultures.  Centuries-ago, Santa Fe was occupied by Pueblo Indian Villages whose population lived in adobe towns, known as pueblos, many of which still exist today.  In 1692, Spanish settlers led by Don Diego de Vargas, entered the region to peacefully conquer Santa Fe as Spain’s crown-jewel.  The Palace of the Governors, which is the oldest continuously occupied building in the United States, was built by the Spanish in the 17th century to serve as the seat of the region’s government.  The mid 1800’s brought the arrival of the American Army, which led to the development of the Topeka, Atchison and Santa Fe Railroad and the creation of the Santa Fe Trail, a vital commercial route across central North America.  New Mexico became the nation’s 47th state in the Union in 1912.  Today, Santa Fe is home to world-class museums showcasing its rich saga of history, culture and arts.

With over 300 days of sunshine and clear blue skies, Santa Fe is the ideal vacation destination any time of year.  The “City Different” offers travelers fabulous cuisine, amazing shopping, countless outdoor activities, world-class opera, theater productions, and historic architecture, all within walking distance of Antigua Inn.