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Georgia

Southeastern state covering 152 490 km2 (58 876 sq miles) immediately north of Florida.

Georgia
Georgia

It was founded as an English colony, named after King George II, in 1733, and became one of the original 13 states. The land rises from the Atlantic in the southeast to the Blue Ridge in the Appalachian Mountains in the north.





With mild winters and warm (but hurricane-prone) summers, the state formerly produced tobacco and cotton on large plantations. Today the main products are broiler chickens, peanuts, soya beans, textiles, transport equipment, food products, and wood products from the extensive forests, as well as tobacco. Tourism is expanding. ATLANTA is the state capital, and SAVANNAH the chief port.





Atlanta USA

Altanta is the Capital and largest city of Georgia, in the northwest of the state, about 90 km (55 miles) east of the Alabama border. It was founded as a small rail town in 1837 and grew rapidly as a transport and cotton-manufacturing centre. It was a chief arsenal of the Confederacy during the Civil War (1861-5), and was burnt to the ground by General Sherman's Union troops in 1864. Today the city is the industrial and financial centre of the southeastern states. It has one of the country's largest and most modern airports. The writer Margaret Mitchell (1900-49) lived there and set her epic novel Gone with the Wind in the area.










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