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Per manual of style guides on using contemporary names, I'm requesting a wholesale move of all territories created during or before the ACW to page space titled correctly for the era. BusterD (talk) 20:40, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Unnecessary. New Mexico was called New Mexico in 1861; that it was not a state should be made clear in the intro. Style guidelines do not determine article names; our naming conventions do not require us to have long official names instead of the ones that are or were in common use. See WP:COMMONNAME. SeptentrionalisPMAnderson 19:40, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
As another user has correctly identified, Arizona was also known as New Mexico in 1861. Prior this datestamp, that user retitled this page as a territory and merged the AZ page. Fortunately, naming conventions, themselves styleguides, are arbitrated by consensus. I endorse Bill's boldness in the move and merge. BusterD (talk) 11:13, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
Disagree. Most have no idea if an area was a state or territory during the time. For simplicity and elegance it is best to treat each area as a state. BTW, the CSA saw Arizona as it's territory, so it should remain a separate article.--King Bedford ISeek his grace 04:58, 23 May 2009 (UTC)
Actually, Arizona and New Mexico were not necessarily considered the same place in 1861. Arizona was first used to describe the area of New Mexico territory south of the gila and west of the Rio Grande. See Traditional Arizona.
So what about Arizona Territory after 1863 when it became a Union territory, seperate from New Mexico. The Arizona in the American Civil War article should never have been merged here.--$1LENCE D00600D (talk) 01:30, 18 September 2010 (UTC)
I noticed that the Politcs subsection seemed to have a lot of information on the Confederate Arizona Territory but almost nothing on the New Mexico Territory politics during the ACW. Should the Arizona info in this section be condensed to a minimum? Wild Wolf (talk) 00:27, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
The was some question about the merger about a year ago, but it never got settled; I'm of the opinion that the Arizona material is perhaps over-emphasized, but at the very least we greatly need to expand the New Mexico material in the same section, even if we leave the Arizona material intact.IcarusPhoenix (talk) 05:50, 30 September 2011 (UTC)