172 years ago today, New Mexico became a U.S. territory. The New Mexico Territory was part of the biggest congressional deal in American history and understanding that deal and how it relates to the present day. TV host and best-selling author, and historian Raffi Andonian talked more about the context of this historical anniversary.

Andonian answered questions on the following:

  • Why is the day New Mexico became a territory so important for national history
  • Who wanted New Mexico to stay as territory and who wanted statehood?
  • How did New Mexico get its name?