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    State of Virginia
    Nickname Old Dominion
    Capital Richmond
    Largest city Virginia Beach
    Population 8.4M (Rank:12)

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    How did Virginia get its name?
    Queen Elizabeth I declared in 1584 that all the new 'British territory' (everything north of Spanish territory in Florida and south of French territories in modern day Canada) was free range for Sir Walter Raleigh to colonize. Sir Walter Raleigh named the entire region "Virginia," to honor the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I. Later as the population of the settlers grew, Virginia was later separated into colonies for effective governance.

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    Birth of a nation
    Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the American Continent. It was also the first capital of Virginia. In 1699, Virginia’s capital was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg. Richmond became Virginia’s state capital in 1779 and continues to serve as capital till date. Richmond also served as the capital of the Confederate States of America

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    Why Virginia is nicknamed "Mother of Presidents and the Mother of Statesmen"?
    Virginia has produced more U.S. presidents than any other state in the United States. Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. Seven Presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy.

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    Most populous state
    From the birth of the nation until New York State surpassed it in population in 1805, Virginia was the most populous state in the United States. California surpassed New York State as most populous state in 1962, and it is expected to be the most populous state forever

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    William and Mary
    Founded on February 8, 1693 by a charter issued by King William III and Queen Mary II, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States (Harvard University is the oldest) The first law school in America was established by the College of William and Mary in 1779.

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    Birthplace of USA
    Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation" as the American Revolution ended with the surrender of British General Cornwallis in Yorktown, Virginia

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    Mother of KY
    The states of Kentucky and West Virginia were formed from sections of Virginia. In 1792, nine counties known as the Kentucky District of Virginia entered the union as the state of Kentucky, and in 1863, western counties of Virginia were approved to enter the union as the state of West Virginia.

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    Pentagon
    The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia is the largest office building in the world. It has 200 acres of lawn and 67 acres of parking lots. It has five sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels, with a total of 17.5 miles (28 km) long corridor, 131 stairways, 19 escalators, 13 elevators, 284 restrooms, and 7,754 windows.

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    Flowering Dogwood.
    Virginia is the only state to have the same plant for state flower and state tree, the Flowering Dogwood.

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    Land of First Ladies
    Six future first ladies (wives of US Presidents) were born in Virginia: Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur, Edith Wilson.

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    Arlington
    Arlington County was originally part of the ten-mile square parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be part of Washington, DC. The U.S. Congress returned that portion of the land to the 'Commonwealth of Virginia' following a referendum among its citizens.

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    Jamestown
    Jamestown, the first of the original 13 Colonies was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation. Silk to be traded with the Court of King James. After blight fungus destroyed the mulberry trees (silkworms' food), sericulturists planted tobacco as a cash crop.

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    shires to counties
    Virginia was originally divided into “shires” as it was English tradition. The eight "shires" created in 1634 (Accomac, Charles City, Charles River, Elizabeth City, Henrico, James City, Warwick River and Warrosquyoake) were later renamed “counties”.

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    George Washington
    The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America. ("Burgess" means an official of a municipality, or the representative of a borough in the English House of Commons) Candidates who ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses often use to dole out alcohol to influence the voters to vote for them. George Washington ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses at the age of 23 and refused to offer alcohol to voters and lost. He ran again for the same office in 1758, and provided almost half a gallon of alcohol for each voter. On the eve of the election, Washington thought "47 gallons of beer, 70 gallons of rum punch, 35 gallons of wine, 2 gallons of cider, and some brandy" may not be enough, but he ended up winning the election in a landslide.
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    Where is the Presidential Pet Museum?
    Williamsburg, Virginia, is home to Presidential Pet Museum. George Washington's beloved horse, Nelson, James Buchanan's herd of elephants, and Calvin Coolidge's lion cubs are some of its exhibits.

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    Independent cities
    Of the 43 independent U.S. cities, 40 are in Virginia. The three independent cities outside Virginia are Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; and Carson City, Nevada. The U.S. Census Bureau treats independent cities as county equivalents. Baltimore, Maryland is the most populous independent city in the United States.
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    No home team
    Virginia is the largest state without a major league sports franchise.

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    Green state
    According to Virginia’s department of forestry about 60% of the state is covered with forests.

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    Give me liberty
    Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech before the second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church (formerly Henrico Parish) in Richmond on March 23, 1775.

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    Most hallowed place of USA
    The Arlington National Cemetery was originally built in the early 19th century as a mansion by George Washington’s adopted grandson, George Washington Parke Custis. Robert E. Lee, who married Custis’ daughter, Mary Anna, lived in Arlington House at various periods until 1861, when Virginia seceded from the Union and the couple vacated the estate. On June 15, 1864, the property was established as a military cemetery.

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    Mother of Civil War
    More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state.

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    Birth of a nation
    The American Revolution ended with the surrender of British General Cornwallis in Yorktown, Virginia to General George Washington ushering American Independence. Virginia is not only the birthplace of the nation, it also witnessed nation’s rebirth when General Robert E. Lee of Confederate States of America surrendered his army to General Ulysses Grant on April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House, Virginia, ceremonially bringing the curtains down on the Civil War.

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    West Virginia
    Virginia's secession from the Union in 1861 began a bitter conflict between Confederacy-supporting Virginians and Union-supporting Virginians and as a result, 50 counties in northwest Virginia broke away to form the new state of West Virginia in 1863. Eventhough South Carolina started a chain of events that led to the birth of Confederacy, Virginia paid the heaviest price for it - both in terms of number of native sons died or injured for the cause and the extent of the territory it lost in the process

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    First elected black governor
    Virginia is the first state in the United States to elect a black governor. Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Democratic party got elected as governor in 1990 (The first African-American governor of a U.S. state was P. B. S. Pinchback, who was not elected, but succeeded as Governor of Louisiana on December 9, 1872)

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    Airports
    Of the three major airports that serve USA's capital, Washington, D.C., two (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia and Washington Dulles International Airport in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia) are in Virginia. The third one ( Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) is in Maryland

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    Fort Monroe
    Named in honor of President James Monroe, Fort Monroe and the Casemate Museum of Virginia is the largest stone fort ever built in the United States and the only moat-encircled fort still in active use.

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    Mother of Governors
    78 Virginia-born Americans served as the governors of other states in US. Virginia-born Sam Houston served as the president of the Republic of Texas. He is the only American to be elected governor of two different States (Tennessee and Texas) Another native son of Virginia, Joseph Jenkins Roberts served as the first President of Liberia

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    State Capitol
    Designed by Thomas Jefferson, Virginia State Capitol, is the home of the oldest legislative body in the western hemisphere. It houses a marble statue of George Washington, the only piece he ever posed for

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    Norfolk Naval Shipyard
    Established as Gosport Shipyard in 1767, The Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a U.S. Navy facility for building, remodeling, and repairing the U.S. Navy's ships. It's America's oldest and largest shipyard. It is located on the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia

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    ACT
    NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) has HeadQuarters in Norfolk, Virginia

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    Cross the road to TN
    Bristol, Virginia is on Virginia's border with Tennessee. The Tennessee side of the city is called Bristol, Tennessee. The border runs down the middle of its main street, State Street, so one side of the road belongs to Virginia and the other to Tennessee

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    Nickname Old Dominion List
    Capital Richmond List
    Largest city Virginia Beach List
    Largest metro Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metro (rank: 6) List
    Motto Sic semper tyrannis
    ("Thus Always to Tyrants")
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    Abbreviation VA List
    Population 8.4 million (rank: 12) List
    Population density 207 per mile2 (rank: 14) List
    Life expectancy 79 years (rank: 24) List
    Median age 37.8 years (rank: 23) List
    Area 42,774 mile2 (rank: 35) List
    Median household income $61,486 (rank: 13) List
    Statehood June 25, 1788 (10th state) List
    Mean elevation 950 ft (290 m) List
    Highest point Mount Rogers 5,729 ft (1746 m) List
    Coastline 112 miles List
    Governor Ralph Northam (D)
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