Georgia Facts

Georgia Facts
The State of Georgia, located in the southeastern U.S., was established in 1732. Georgia is named after King George II, of England. Georgia was one of seven of the original Confederate states. It is the 8th most populated of the 50 United States. It's most populated city is Atlanta, which is also Georgia's capital. Georgia shares state borders with Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. Georgia was admitted to the Union in 1788, making it the fourth state to join. Georgia has a wide variety of flora and fauna, and experiences a humid subtropical climate, spread throughout its varied terrain.
Interesting Georgia Facts:
It is believed that Georgia was first traveled by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1540.
Georgia encompasses and area of 59,441 square miles.
Georgia's population is approximately 9.99 million. In 1776 it was only 40,000.
Georgia's residents are referred to as Georgians.
Georgia experienced its own gold rush in 1829 when gold was discovered in the North Georgia Mountains.
Georgia's major industries are textile, lumber, and agriculture.
Georgia is one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. The largest poultry convention is held in Georgia.
Georgia's state song is 'Georgia on My Mind'.
The state motto for Georgia is Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.
Georgia's state insect is the honey bee. Its fish is the largemouth bass, and its tree is the live oak.
The second oldest city in America is Saint Mary's in Georgia.
The very first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean was 'The City of Savanna, which sailed from Georgia. Savanna is a city in Georgia.
Georgia is known for being the largest producer of peanuts, peaches and pecans in the United States.
The Vidalia onion, which is believed to be the sweetest onion in the world can only be grown in Georgia, in the ground around Glennville and Vidalia.
Coca Cola was invented in Georgia by Dr. John Pemberton in 1886.
The bloodiest battle in the U.S. took place in what is now called Chickamuga National Park.
The first college in the world that was chartered to grant degrees to women was Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.
Georgia has 6 state forests and 64 state parks.
Georgia's state flower is the Cherokee rose.
Blackbeard Island was once home to the pirate Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach.
With Georgia's industry and economy, if it were an independent nation, it would rank as having the 28th largest economy in the world.
There are many U.S. military installations in Georgia, making it one of the states with the largest military presences in the U.S.
The largest aquarium in the world is the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
Gone with the Wind, a famous book and extremely famous movie, was based in Clayton County, Georgia. Its story took place during the American Civil War.
The TV show The Vampire Diaries is filmed in Georgia. Covington is the setting for Mystic Falls in the show.
The Dukes of Hazzard, a popular 70s TV show and later a movie, was set in Georgia. Hazzard County does not actually exist.
Georgia is sometimes called the Cracker State. Georgia is also known as the Peach State, and the Empire of the South.

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