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Virginia facts and history plus travel and tourism information.
Virginia is a southern Mid-Atlantic state which features a tidewater coastline in its eastern sector, a Piedmont region running down the middle of the state, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of the state.
Prior to the English settlement of Jamestown in 1607, the Powhatan and Algonquian tribes occupied the Virginia region. As one of the original colonies, Virginia joined the union as the 10th state on June 25, 1788. During the Civil War, separation over the issue of slavery resulted in the birth of West Virginia in 1863. Virginia joined the Confederacy, and saw General Lee surrender at the end of the war.
Virginia has long contributed to politics, producing seven presidents over the years. Proximity to Washington DC and and the Atlantic Ocean makes Virginia a key naval, shipping, and vacation location. Travelers are often intrigued by the famous 17-mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel across the Chesapeake Bay, and tourists enjoy exploring the historical sections of Charlottesville, Richmond, and Colonial Williamsburg.
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