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Despite the modernity of the 21st Century, mapmakers and explorers are still employed by the US Government, National Geographic, and a range of agencies that study polar regions and underwater worlds around the globe. Some are still working with archeologists and cultural anthroplogists to study the full extent of New Spain or the Spanish Empire in the New World.

Students are sometimes asked which State of the Union was home to the final stettement spot for New Spain before moving south of the border ro reamin in Mexico. The answer might be “none.”

New Spain – First and Last Settlements

New Spain was fighting in British Columbia, Canada, a good distasnce above the Alaska Territory to protect its forts and settlements, until 1819.

Instrestingly, New Spain land grants were honored by the US Government after New Spain/Mexico gave up BC, all the way up to the 20th Century. Related to this, the entire Territory of Arizona was held by the Baron of Arizona until approximately 1898 or 1900. Thsi could be the last settlement connected with New Spain as well. Read more about that at the link above, and access the link below for more on Mexican Independence fomr Spain and the help Mexico received from an Irish soldier, who was the real Zorro.

The I-Files: Zorro the Irish Fox


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