OUR VIEW; THE 400 YEARS OF SANTA FE.Four hundred years: Whether you count it from 1607 and the first fields planted here, 1610, our traditional founding date, or 1609 and the Spanish crown's official designation, it's a long step through the ages -- one reached by very few cities in the history of European settlement in our country.
Arguably we're as old as Jamestown, which got the jump on us with its celebration two years ago; inarguably, Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal. is our nation's oldest city to serve as a state capital.
As for the courage of those who so long ago forged their way north from the relative comfort of central Mexico, it's etched in their journals and written in the blood spilled down through the decades.
This weekend, La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden de Asis launches a year-and-a-half-long celebration/observation/commemoration of those four centuries in this land of the rio arriba:
u celebration of the pioneering spirit that persevered through rough-cut colonization, a brief period as part of independent Mexico and 160-plus years as a U.S. territory and state;
u observation that this land had been that of people who got here from the Eastern Hemisphere Eastern Hemisphere
Part of the Earth east of the Atlantic Ocean. It includes Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Longitudes 20° W and 160° E are often considered its boundaries. thousands of years before the Europeans did, and
u commemoration of the social, economic and political vagaries that made New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). the polycultural place it is today -- unified yet diverse, and world-renowned as a result.
At Fort Marcy Park Fort Marcy Park is a public park located in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is administered by the National Park Service as part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. History Saturday and Sunday, it's Viva Santa Fe, with music, storytelling, dancing and food, from 10 in the morning until seven in the evening, capped with fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to set to music Sunday around 7:30. For more about the many artists taking part, and many other details, keep an eye on weekend editions of The New Mexican, official media sponsor for the 400th.
This is only the kickoff of what promises to be a long and sustained look at our community's delights and downsides. Befitting be·fit·ting
Appropriate; suitable; proper.
Adj. 1. the home of the great New Mexico History Museum that opened this summer, Santa Fe will be host to gatherings of historians -- offering panoramas of our past as well as new findings from the nooks and crannies Noun 1. nooks and crannies - something remote; "he explored every nook and cranny of science"
nook and cranny
detail, item, point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" of this world-intriguing community. There'll be many opportunities to freshen up your knowledge of el norte, and to delve into folklore and facts too often taken for granted Adj. 1. taken for granted - evident without proof or argument; "an axiomatic truth"; "we hold these truths to be self-evident"
obvious - easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind; "obvious errors" during the daily grind.
Beginning with the new year, The New Mexican will be carrying monthly stories relating our region's history to the future. In Pasatiempo, there'll be regular history-related pieces on music, theater and other cultural offerings. In February, Ana Pacheco, publisher of the noted magazine La Herencia, will join us in producing historical pieces. Meanwhile, on these pages, the community is invited to contribute personal "reflections" on a moment in Santa Fe history -- look for the first one in Sunday's Opinions section, and start sharpening your memory.
What we hope will come in the course of our cuartocentenario will be the enrichment of Santa Fe's already well-written history. From our many noted historians, and from folks with stories yet untold, might come whole new streams out of the past. We welcome the flow.