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The New Mexico State Motto
The New Mexico State motto was adopted in 1887 is expressed in Latin as "Crescit eundo" which means:

"It grows as it goes"

The Meaning of the New Mexico State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the thoughts of William G. Ritch, the acting Territorial Secretary, when he added "Crescit Eundo" to an early version of the territorial seal. Ritch was inspired by the epic poem De Rerum Natura meaning 'On the Nature of Things' by the Latin poet Lucretius. The epic poem refers to a thunderbolt increasing in strength as it moves across the sky. The legislature believed that it was a fitting symbol of dynamic progress which they hoped would by made by the region.

"It grows as it goes"


The New Mexico State Nickname
The New Mexico Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular New Mexico nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

New Mexico State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Land of Enchantment
The Colorful State
The Spanish State
Land of the Cactus

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The Origin and Meaning of the New Mexico Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from New Mexico, are referred to as New Mexicans. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Land of Enchantment
The official nickname of the highly evocative Land of Enchantment refers to the allure of the lands and is perhaps best conveyed in the following lines of the state song:

"A rose in the desert I loved her so
In the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico"

The Colorful State
The Colorful State is a reference to its colorful history and its blend of three cultures: Native American Indian, Spanish and Anglo-American. The vibrant colors of the flag that display a red sun symbol on a field of yellow.

The Spanish State
The Spanish nickname refers to the history of the state and its connection with Spain and the first Spanish explorers and conquistadors. There are many Spanish speaking residents in modern New Mexico.

The Land of the Cactus
The Land of the Cactus is an apt name as the area is abundant with different types of cactus. The exotic names for some of the species of cactus that are grown in the area include the giant pincushion, rainbow, foxtail, grassland prickly pear, fishhook and the paperspine cactus


The Constitution of New Mexico
The constitution of New Mexico establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of New Mexico


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