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Santa Fe: Introduction

Founded before Massachusetts's Plymouth Colony and the second oldest city in the United States, Santa Fe is a cultural center for the Southwest. The Santa Fe Opera is known throughout the world, and the city is a gathering place for writers and artists. The capital of the state of New Mexico, Santa Fe is a blend of Native American, Spanish, New Mexican, and Anglo (English) cultures. The architectural integrity of the city's high-walled adobe structures and narrow, winding streets has been preserved through careful planning. At the same time, Santa Fe is a center for commerce, light industry, and science and technology.