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State Assemblyman Harry Mortenson proposed a bill to recognize the alternate (quasi-Spanish) pronunciation of Nevada, though the bill was not supported by most legislators and never received a vote.
The Nevadan pronunciation is the de facto official one, since it is the one used by the state legislature.
The United States annexed the area in 1848 after its victory in the Mexican–American War, and it was incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850.
The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that became an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861. state where prostitution is legal, though it is illegal in Clark County (Las Vegas), Washoe County (Reno) and Carson City (which, as an independent city, is not within the boundaries of any county).
The southern third of the state, where the Las Vegas area is situated, is within the Mojave Desert.
The area formed part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, and became part of Mexico when it gained independence in 1821.
Much of the northern part of the state is within the Great Basin, a mild desert that experiences hot temperatures in the summer and cold temperatures in the winter.
Occasionally, moisture from the Arizona Monsoon will cause summer thunderstorms; Pacific storms may blanket the area with snow.
At one time, the state's official tourism organization, Travel Nevada, stylized the name of the state as "Nevăda", with a breve mark over the a indicating the locally preferred pronunciation Nevada is almost entirely within the Basin and Range Province, and is broken up by many north-south mountain ranges.
Most of these ranges have endorheic valleys between them, which belies the image portrayed by the term Great Basin.