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    State of Georgia
    Nickname Peach State
    Capital Atlanta
    Largest city Atlanta
    Population 10.3M (Rank:8)

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    How did Georgia get its name?
    The state of Georgia was named after King George II of Great Britain

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    Why Georgia is called 'The Peach State'?
    Georgia used to be the largest producer of Peaches and hence earned its nichname, 'The Peach State'. Ironically, it is now the third largest producer of peaches (behind California and South Carolina) Georgia can now be called 'The Peanut State' as it is the largest producer of peanuts and pecans in the United States.

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    Home to busiest airport
    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the busiest passenger airport in the world. It has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998. It covers 4,700 acres of land and has five parallel runways.

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    Fifth capital
    Atlanta is the capital of Georgia. Georgia has had five capitals: Savannah (1777-1785), Augusta (1786-1789), Louisville (1789-1807), Milledgeville (1807-1867), Atlanta (1868-present)

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    Counties
    Georgia has the second most counties in the United States with 159 (Texas has the most with 254)

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    Felon colony
    Georgia was founded in 1732 by British Member of Parliament James Oglethorpe as a refuge for prisoners who could not pay their debts and to protect southern colonies from Spanish invasion through Florida.

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    Largest original state
    Georgia is the youngest and biggest of the original thirteen colonies.

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    Largest drive-in restaurant
    World’s largest drive-in restaurant, The Varsity, is in Atlanta. It is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside. On a busy day, over 30,000 people visit The Varsity.

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    Sculpture
    The largest bas relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving on the north face of Gerogia's Stone Mountain, depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The entire carved surface measures 3 acres

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    University of Georgia
    Georgia became the first state in the United States to charter a state-supported university on January 27, 1785 when the University of Georgia was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly. (The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill is the oldest state university in the United States as it became the first public institution of higher learning in the United States to admit the students in 1795. UNC was the only public institution to confer degrees in the 18th century. University of Georgia started admitting students in 1801 and its first graduation was held in 1804)

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    Largest swamp
    The Okefenokee in south Georgia is the largest "blackwater" swamp in North America.

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    Washington
    Washington, Georgia was the first city in the United States to be established in the name of George Washington, the first president of the United States. It was established in 1780

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    Natural forest
    Marshall Forest, on the outskirts of Rome, Georgia, is the only natural forest located within city limits of any city in the United States

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    Berry big campus
    Berry College near Rome, Georgia has the largest contiguous campus in the world with an area of about 27,000 acres.
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