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Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe

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The Palace of the Governors is an adobe structure located on Palace Avenue on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico, between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue. It is within the Santa Fe Historic District and it served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.HistoryIn 1610, Pedro de Peralta, the newly appointed governor of the Spanish territory covering most of the American Southwest, began construction on the Palace of the Governors, although recent historical research has suggested that construction began in 1618. In the following years, the Palace changed hands as the territory of New Mexico did, seeing the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Spanish reconquest from 1693 to 1694, Mexican independence in 1821, and finally American possession in 1848.The Palace originally served as the seat of government of the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico, which at one time comprised the present-day states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, and New Mexico. After the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México was administered from the Palace of the Governors. When New Mexico was annexed as a U.S. territory, the Palace became New Mexico's first territorial capitol.
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  • Very interesting site with a wide range of historical displays. Great data from 1500 to 1900. Very little on first nations people that occupied the area before 1500 but great information for the time ...  read more »
  • The Palace is right in the Plaza area and a great place to spend several hours. There are Native Americans selling incredible jewelry on blankets outside the front of the Palace. The inside has nice e...  read more »
  • The Palace of the Governors is found in the heart of the Plaza area in Santa Fe. It has an interesting history as the longest continually occupied government building in the United States. There is a ...  read more »
  • Great exhibits. Learning experience gives you all the history of the region. Great native vendors.
  • Beautiful historic building right in the heart of Santa Fe. Out front, the Portal Program provides Native American artisans a space to sell their goods. Inside there is a cool museum of New Mexico history and culture. The building is the oldest public building in the country.
  • This building is a great place to visit and the information in English and Spanish is great.
  • Native American jewelry and more splashed all over the sidewalks. A fun place on any weekend.
  • One of my favorite museums to visit.I go there every time I travel to Santa Fe
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