When you talk about Georgia most people conjure up images of peach trees, mountains, beautiful scenery, and pretty southern women dressed in flowing colorful dresses. The state of Georgia is a mixture of old and new, high tech and old school. Whatever you want to find, you can find it in Georgia.The last of the original Thirteen Colonies the history of the state is unrivaled. The colony was one of the 13 colonies to rebel against England by signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Later, Georgia was recognized as the fourth state of the United States by ratifying the Constitution in 1788. The first gold rush occurred when gold was found in the north Georgia mountains. Georgia joined the Confederacy and one of the major battles fought in the state during the Civil War was depicted in a famous novel and movie
Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean on the east side to the Chattahoochee River on the west side. The Georgia country side is scenic and varied. The Blue Ridge Mountains, the rolling plains, and the sandy beaches are a few of the wonders of the land. The people of Georgia are as diverse as the landscape. With a population approaching 10 million inhabitants, you will find native English speakers, as well as many other languages. Spanish is spoken by 5.6% of the people followed by French and German at 0.9% and 0.8%, respectively. Vietnamese is well represented spoken by 0.6% of the residents.
One of the fastest growing states in the United States the population increase can be attributed in part by the major companies that have made Georgia their home base. Not only do major employers call the state their home, but the US military branches are well represented with bases and airfields located throughout the area. Known as the Peach State, Georgia is more noted as being the number one producer of pecans in the world. Peanuts, rye, and other vegetables abound along with tobacco, dairy products, and hogs. Major industries include textiles, apparel, paper products, and cigarettes. Many well known people were born in Georgia. Most notable would be Martin Luther King Jr but others such as Gladys Knight, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ty Cobb, and Jackie Robinson also called Georgia their home. The prestigious Emory University can be found nestled in a suburb of the Atlanta area. Other institutions of higher learning located here include the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, as well as, many others. Whatever you want, Georgia has it.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan
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