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NM Centennial - Shaped by Science, Pt. 1

Technology shapes the human story, and its role is apparent not only recently but also across the span of New Mexico history.

The farming techniques used by Native Americans shaped where and how communities could survive.  The Spanish, who adopted some of those techniques and brought irrigation technologies, changed the landscape.  And then the railroad arrived in the 19th century.

The history of New Mexico since statehood has been marked by a different sort of technological core, as the U.S. military-industrial complex made its mark, along with big federally funded science that made the state what it is today.  Next time:  The Atomic Bomb

Thanks to The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico: 100 years of Statehood for this article.

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