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Also known as La Mesilla and Old Mesilla, Mesilla is in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. The community was incorporated in 1848, after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo moved the U.S.-Mexico border south of the village of Doña Ana, placing it within the U.S. A group of citizens decided to move south of the new border, settling in Mesilla. By 1851, Mesilla had become a no man’s land, claimed by both the U.S. and Mexico. During the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, Mesilla became part of the U.S.

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