state of georgia

Georgia, The Peach State

The Empire State of the South, Georgia has a mild climate, with resorts ranging from ocean beaches to mountain lakes, a balanced economy with plants processing products from its own farms and forests, and a city that has become the commercial center of the Southeast – Atlanta.

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The largest State east of the Mississippi, Georgia was founded by English settlers primarily to serve as a buffer between the Carolina colony and the aggressive Spanish in Florida. Named after George II, it was the last of the colonies established by England. The rich soil attracted planters and farmers; large plantations were established, especially in the north-central region, and cotton became the principal crop. It remains so today.

A dark chapter in Georgia’s history was the removal of the entire Cherokee nation (17,000 men, women and children) from its ancient tribal lands in northwestern Georgia in 1838. Their tragic “trail of tears” to what is now Oklahoma was marked by indescribable suffering, from which 4,000 died.

state of georgia

Georgia was essentially a farm State until after the Civil War. During Reconstruction, Georgia suffered greater devastation than any other Southern State, but, in the last decades of the nineteenth century, new factories and industries helped the State recover. It has become an important producer of textiles, chemicals, processed foods, marble, paper and lumber, and is the world’s prime source of turpentine and resins. Besides cotton, its farms grow tobacco, peanuts, hogs and cattle, poultry, pecans and peaches. And its factories and mills use the farm products to produce frozen foods, peanut oil and butter, cotton-seed oil, cloth, and lumber and paper.

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Natural Wonders in the State include Stone Mountain-a 1600-foot-high mass of solid granite located near Atlanta; Okefenokee Swamp – over 600 square miles of tropical wilds near the Florida border; and the ocean beaches and islands, such as Jekyll and Sea Islands, that attract vacationers years round.

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