25+ Facts About Virginia : The Mother of States

Virginia is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. On June June 25, 1788, Virginia was admitted to the Union as a state. It is the 35th largest state of the United States by area. Virginia is one of the original thirteen colonies in the American Revolution. Virginia was the first permanent colony of the London Company. Virginia is known for its vast greenery and natural beauty. Virginia is officially known as the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia has Atlantic bays and many rivers. 62% of Virginia is covered with forests. Flowering dogwood is the state tree of Virginia.

Virginia was historically the home of several indigenous groups. In later days Virginia was colonized by English men. Virginia became a plantation economy under the English rulers. Most lands were acquired from American tribes, sometimes by force. At the time of the American Civil war, Virginia was split between Virginia and West Virginia. Virginia General Assembly was established in 1619. It is the oldest continuous law-making body in North America. Dumfries is the oldest city. Virginia's' current population is over 8.54 million.

Virginia is has a long and rich history. People started living on that land thousands of years ago. Virginia has witnessed many cultures flourished upon her. Many significant battles are fought on the vast lands of Virginia. Many cultural emblems are cherished in Virginia. Virginia is the home of many important figures in American history. Eight Presidents of the United States are from Virginia. Virginia is considered one of the Most Livable States. Virginia offers one of the safest societies in the United States. Today we have gathered some of the most interesting Virginia facts:

Fact: Virginia got its name from Queen Elizabeth the first. Queen Elizabeth was referred to as the Virgin Queen.

Fact: The nickname Virginia has got is the Old Dominion State. The name was given to her because Virginia was the first English colonial territory in the Americas.

Fact: American Foxhound is the state dog of Virginia.

Fact: Cardinal is the state bird of Virginia.

Fact: Virginia adopted its own flag in 1861. On 1st February 1950, the flag was standardized by the General Assembly.

Fact: Forests play a vital role in the economy of the state of Virginia. Around 62% of its income comes from forests.

Fact: As eight presidents are from Virginia, the state is also called the Mother of Presidents.

Fact: The motto of state Virginia is Sic Semper Tyrannis (“Thus Always to Tyrants”).

Fact: “Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry's famous speech was given before the second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church.

Fact: Human beings are living in Virginia for over 18,000 years. Researches suggest that Virginians entered the state as early as 15,000-20,000 years ago.

Fact: Virginia played a vital role in the establishment of Earth Day.

Fact: Tangier Island has a distinctively English Accent. It is an island from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.

Fact: 31 battles took place in Virginia in the Civil War.

Fact: The first major battle of the Civil War was the First Battle of Bull Run. This battle took place in Prince William County, Virginia.

Fact: More than 2,000 “Military Events” were recorded in Virginia during the civil war, more than any other state.

Fact: More than half of the major battles of the Civil War took place in Virginia.

Fact: Slavery of Black people started in Virginia. In 1619, a Dutch ship brought 20 Africans ashore at the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia.

Fact: Nat Turner led the only effective, sustained slave rebellion (August 1831) in U.S. history. The rebellion of black slaves took place in Southampton County, Virginia.

Fact: The major cash crop of Virginia is tobacco.

Fact: Mountain Dew was invented in Southwest Virginia.

Fact: The Pentagon is the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense. The Pentagon building is situated in Arlington County, Virginia.

Fact: The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619.

Fact: 70% of the world’s internet traffic passes through Ashburn, Virginia. Therefore Virginia is known as the Internet Capital Of The World.

Fact: The first commercial peanut plantations in the U.S. were in Virginia in the early 1800s.

Fact: The James River is the longest in Virginia.

Fact: The first free public school in America was the Hampton High School. Benjamin Syms opened the school in Hampton, Virginia.

Virginia is a state of history and legacy. It has its own way of life. It has its own culture and nature. In many ways from the earliest human settlement to the civil war Virginia shaped the course of American history. If you are a Virginian reading this article great respect for you. Great respect for every Virginian.