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Glossary Term – Place
Until 1821, Spain ruled the area that now includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Spanish explorers, priests, and soldiers had first entered the area in the early sixteenth century, half a century before the first English colonists arrived at Jamestown. Spain left a lasting cultural imprint on the region.