By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 22, 2022) – In Issue 2022-148 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, today we note the acquisition and establishment of a U.S. Territory – later, our 47th State.


Today, in 1846, the United States established the Territory of New Mexico as its possession.

The land was ceded to the US following the Mexican-American War.  The original area included Arizona, which became a territory of its own in 1863, and parts of Kansas, Utah, Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle.  Territory status ended in 1912 when New Mexico became the 47th state.

Although it took a while for people to reach New Mexico in the push to the West, the area has long been regularly inhabited.  Taos Pueblo, the iconic adobe apartment-like buildings, were built around 1000 AD, and Santa Fe holds the title of oldest state capital with its Spanish settlements dating back to 1610.

Here is Mitchell’s 1876 map of the Territories of New Mexico and Arizona.

Arizona and New Mexico Territories – 1876 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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