The Santa Fe 400th Anniversary commemorated 400 years of culture from the establishment of the city as a villa in 1610 by the Spanish, through today. This founding date makes Santa Fe the Oldest Capital City in the United States.
A number of cultures played key roles in Santa Fe’s development: Native Americans with a long history in the area well before 1610, Hispanic, European, and African Americans of diverse backgrounds. These lives and stories have created a cross-cultural tapestry of interdependence that, over time, has made Santa Fe one of the most diverse and rich cultural communities in the country.
The commemoration honored all of the cultures, heritages, legacies, and lasting contributions to connect the founding past with the promise of the future.