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The Palace of the Governors was originally built in the early 1700?s as Spain?s seat of government, which is known today as the American Southwest. It records the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the region as well. The adobe structure, found on the Santa Fe plaza, is now the history museum of the state. It was designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and American Treasure in 1999.

The structure, having 4-ft thick walls and long galleries, a secure courtyard mirror, and small rooms, served its original purpose as a seat of government on a remote frontier. Among the people who have entered the palace are Spanish soldiers, Mexican Governors, Pueblo Peoples, an army of the Confederate States of America, and many more.

Starting with the 1540 expedition of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, exhibitions and period rooms narrate the tales of the almost 400-year history of New Mexico.
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