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Georgia State Facts

Population (1994): 7,055,000 (10th in size)

State size: 58,910 square miles (21st in size)

State Capital: Atlanta (named from the word "Atlantic" which was from the name Western and Atlantic Railroad, the southeastern most point of the railroad).

Major cities: Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus and Savannah

Admission to union: The 4th State

Date entered the union: January 2, 1788

Origin of state name: Named after King George II of England

Nicknames: The Peach State

Bordering states: South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

State bird: Brown Thrasher

State flower: Cherokee Rose

State tree: Live Oak

Motto: Wisdom, Justice and Moderation


Geographic Landmarks

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Okenfenokee Swamps and Stone Mountain Park.  


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Georgia is a major agricultural state including tobacco, cotton, fruit, peanuts and livestock. Manufacturing includes textiles and processed foods.  


Historical Highlights

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First explored by the Spanish in 1540, Georgia became a British colony in 1732.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Georgia

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Georgia State Flag

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Georgia State Government home page

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