Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Virginia
Virginia was the 10th of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, on June 25, 1788.. The 2000 census has Virginia's population at 7,078,515, ranking 12th in the US. With a total area of 42,774 square miles, the state ranks 35th in size. Richmond is Virginia's capital; Virginia Beach is its largest city.
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Virginia fun facts:
Virginia State Bird: Cardinal
Virginia State Flower: Dogwood
Virginia State Motto: Thus always to tyrants
Virginia State Song: Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
Virginia State Tree: Dogwood
Nickname: The Old Dominion
The geographic center of Virginia lies in Buckingham County, five miles SW of the town of Buckingham. At 5,729 feet, Mount Rogers in the Mount Rogers National Recreation area is the state's highest point. Virginia was named by Sir Walter Raleigh, who fitted the expedition of 1584, in honor of Queen Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen of England.
Brief History: Early inhabitants were the Cherokee and Susquehanna and the Algonquians of the Powhatan Confederacy. Jamestown was founded in 1607 by English settlers. Virginians took over the government from royal governor Dunmore, forcing him to flee in 1775. Virginians under George Rogers Clark freed the Ohio-Indiana-Illinois area of British occupation. In 1781, US traitor Benedict Arnold burned Richmond and Petersburg for the British. That same year, Britain's Cornwallis was trapped at Yorktown and surrendered, ending the American Revolution. Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, and Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy. Hampton Roads, off the Virginia coast, was the site of the famous naval battle of the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (Merrimac), in 1862. Virginia was readmitted to the Union in 1870.
Virginia is home to Shenandoah National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (with Kentucky and Tennessee), and Booker T. Washington and George Washington Birthplace National Monuments. Other Old Dominion attractions include Colonial Williamsburg; Busch Gardens, Williamsburg; Wolf Trap Farm, near Falls Church; Arlington National Cemetery; Mount Vernon, home of George Washington; Jamestown Festival Park; Yorktown; Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville; Robert E. Lee's birthplace, Stratford Hall, and grave, Lexington; Appomattox; the Blue Ridge Parkway; Virginia Beach; and Paramount's King's Dominion, near Richmond.