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De Baca County

De Baca County, located in east-central New Mexico, is known for its rural landscapes and small-town communities. The county was named after Ezequiel Cabeza de Baca, a former governor of New Mexico. Fort Sumner, one of the county's larger communities, is the county seat. Agriculture, particularly ranching, is a significant part of the local economy, and the county's history is intertwined with the cattle ranching traditions of the American West. Fort Sumner is also notable for its association with the history of the American frontier and the presence of the Bosque Redondo Memorial, which commemorates the tragic period known as the Long Walk, during which Navajo and Mescalero Apache people were relocated to the Bosque Redondo Reservation. De Baca County, with its expansive plains and historical significance, provides a glimpse into the unique cultural and natural heritage of eastern New Mexico.

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