Founded in 1706 by the Spanish Empire, existing as a Mexican town from 1821 - 1846, existing as part of the U.S. since 1846, and incorporated as a city in 1891, Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico.
Rising from the Rio Grande river westward to the heights of the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque contains evidence of an even richer and more diverse history. In addition to pre-European trading camps that show evidence of interaction between the Navajo, Apache and Comanche peoples, the Petroglyph National Monument in the western part of the city bears testimony to even more ancient Native American civilizations. Many of these peoples lived in expansive and densely populated communities of Pueblos along the Rio Grande.
Albuquerque is especially famous for the Spanish architecture of its Old Town and the Sandia Peak Ski Resort, which offers year-round recreation in the natural beauty of the Sandia Mountains. Also, the annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest pow wow, finds its home in Albuquerque as does the International Balloon Festival where every October hundreds of hot air balloons launch from the 47-acre launch field.
While New Mexico's largest city boasts countless other attractions, it thrives economically on high-tech, science, medicine commerce and entertainment. It's home to the University of New Mexico and Kirtland Airforce Base, but is also known for its extraordinarily rich arts, culture and culinary scenes and its world-class museums.
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