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city in New Mexico, U.S., founded 1706 and named for Spanish administrator and viceroy of Mexico Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duque de Alburquerque (1617-1676); the name subsequently altered by association with Portuguese hero Alfonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515), famed in his day as a great conqueror and champion of Christianity. Both men were named from Alburquerque, a town in Spain close to the Portuguese border, the name of which means "white oak;" ultimately from Latin albus "white" (see alb) and quercus "oak" (see Quercus)