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Virginia was the first part of the Americas to be settled by England and would eventually become one of the original thirteen states to revolt against British rule in the American Revolution.
Virginia is known as both the “Mother of Presidents” and the “Mother of States.” Eight U.S. presidents have called Virginia home, more than any other state. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Woodrow Wilson are some of the more notable presidents to have hailed from Virginia. Virginia is sometimes referred to as the “Mother of States” because portions of its original land mass have over the years “broken” off to form West Virginia and Kentucky as well as sections of Ohio and Indiana.
Virginia’s population in 2008 was estimated at 7,769,089 people. The largest city in the state is Virginia Beach, also a major vacation destination for the East Coast, with a population nearing 450,000. Richmond, the capitol of Virginia, is the fourth largest city in the state 202,002 people.
As the northern-most “Southern” state, more battles were fought on Virginia soil than any other state during the Civil War. Today,
the reminders of these battles can be found nearly everywhere. Numerous national parks and monuments are scattered throughout Virginia, marking the site of important battles or events from the Civil War.