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Brief History. Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in this regions, was founded in 1607. Slavery was introduced 1619. The surrenders ending both the American Revolution (Yorktown) and the Civil War (Appomattox) occurred in Virginia. Today, Virginia has very developed manufacturing industry. Points of interest include Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington; Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson; Stratford, home of the Lees; Richmond, capital of the Confederacy and of Virginia; and Williamsburg, the restored Colonial capital.

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More About This State

Nickname: Old Dominion State

Capital: Richmond

Date entered union: June 25, 1788

Population: 7,567,465

State Flower: Dogwood

State Bird: Cardinal

Land area: 39,594 sq mi.

Topography: Mountain and valley region in the west, including the Blue Ridge Mountains; rolling piedmont plateau; tidewater, or coastal plain, including the eastern shore.

Major Industries: Educational, health and social services; Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services; Retail trade

More About The People

Folks are called: Virginian

Ethnicities: White: 5,120,110 (72.3%); Black: 1,390,293 (19.6%); American Indian: 21,172 (0.3%); Asian: 261,025 (3.7%); Other race: 138,900 (2.0%); Two or more races: 143,069 (2.0%); Hispanic/Latino: 329,540 (4.7%)

Male/Female stats: Male: 3,471,895 (49.0%); Female: 3,606,620 (51.0%)

Median household income ($): 46,677

College Grads: 17.9%

Home Owners: 68.1%

Famous people: Thomas Jefferson, George Washington


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