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Virginia

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Virginia

Virginia USA is a State covering 105 716 km2 (40 817 sq miles) mainly west of Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic coast. It reaches into the Appalachians, and includes parts of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, which rise to 1746 m (5729 ft). Dairy goods, tobacco and chickens are the chief farm products, and coal is the main mineral.





Manufactures include tobacco and food products, and chemicals. In 1606 Virginia was the first American colony to be chartered from England. It was settled the following year, and became one of the original 13 states. In 1789 it ceded territory for the new federal capital of Washington, and during the Civil War (1861-5) the western part remained loyal to the Union while the rest of Virginia joined the Confederacy; as a result the separate state of WEST VIRGINIA was formed in 1863.





Virginia is sometimes known as the Mother of Presidents, for eight presidents - including the first, George Washington (1732-99) - were born there. The attractive scenery and coastline and the state's many historic associations make it popular with tourists. RICHMOND is the state capital and NORFOLK the largest city.

Richmond USA is the State capital of Virginia. It stands on the James River, about 100 km (60 miles) west of Chesapeake Bay, and is a centre for tobacco, paper making, publishing and engineering. The city, founded in 1737, was the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War (1861-5).










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