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The green arrow (above) points to our star in the American flag. Georgia was the 4th state (of the original 13 colonies) to ratify the Federal Constitution, and the 3rd one to do so, unanamously, on Jan. 2, 1788.

The Georgia state flag.

The state seal of Georgia.

State symbols:
  • Slogan - the Peach State
  • State Bird - Brown Thrasher

  • State Flower - the Cherokee Rose

  • State Tree - Live Oak

  • State Fish - Largemouth Bass
    The world's record LM bass was caught in a Georgia farm pond.

  • State Wildflower - Azalea

  • State Gem - Quartz

The State history and geography:
  • Georgia was named for King George II of England and was officially founded in 1732.
  • General James Edward Oglethorpe, is the founder of Georgia, named when he landed at Savannah, GA.
  • Rum and slaves were originally banned from the colony of Georgia, and it was rumored that lawyers were also banned.
  • Saint Marys, GA is the second oldest city in the U.S.
  • The Okefenokee Swamp is the largest swamp in the US, with over 400,000 acres of water, trees and animals. The name is native Indian and means "land of the trembling earth".
  • Stone Mountain, about 11 miles from Atlanta is one of the largest pieces of exposed granite in the world.
  • Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
  • Georgia is completely varied in its geography, having a plains region which includes the huge Okefenokee Swamp, a coastal plains region on the Atlantic Ocean, with several large islands and many coastal inlets. The mountain region, on the Piedmont Plateau, part of the Blue Ridge which is part of the Appalacian Mountains.
  • Georgia has more counties than any other state.
  • The first "Gold Rush" in the nation was in Auraria, GA, near Dahlongea, in 1828.
  • The Little White House in Warm Springs, GA, was where Franklin D. Roosevelt got treatment for his paralysis. It is also the location where he died.
  • Plains, GA, is the home of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the U.S.
  • Much to the chagrin of its neighbors, Georgia became the transportation and communication center of the south, which means that almost all flights out of any southern state are routed to Atlanta first.

  • Berry College in Rome, GA, has the world's largest college campus.
  • Oglethorpe college on Peachtree St is the nations oldest university.
  • Wesleyan College in Macon, GA was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women.
  • Athens, GA, (now home of the University of Georgia) is the location of the first university opened with state funds.

  • Georgia is famous for its peaches ,
    pecans, peanuts (aka goobers) ,
    and the world's sweetest onion, the Vidalia onion .
  • Agriculture was the primary industry in Georgia until the 1930's and huge quantities of cotton were grown until that time.

Misc. Facts:
  • Peachtree St.
  • Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, the famous pirate, used Blackbeard Island, off the coast of Georgia, as a home base and it is now a protected wilderness area.
  • Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper were both first conceived and produced in Georgia.
  • The six flags which flew over Georgia in the "Six Flags Over Georgia", were England, Spain, Liberty, Georgia, Confederate States of America, and the United States of America.
  • Atlanta is the second highest, large city in the U.S.
  • Chickamuga National Park is the site of the most violent and bloody battle in American history.
  • Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee are the subjects of the world's largest sculpture on the face of Stone Mountain.

  • The Masters Golf Tournament is held each year in Augusta, Georgia
  • The Atlanta Braves have long been known as the world's baseball team.

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