By: Noah Colston
Welcome to Virginia!
Virginia is a U.S. state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as a former dominion of the English Crown, and "Mother of Presidents" due to the most U.S. presidents having been born there. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its animals.
Virginia became a state on June 25, 1788, making it the 10th state. While Virginia accepted the new Constitution, from early on it was a hotbed for states' rights sentiments. States' rights was a central. And in 1789 George Washington who grew up in Virginia became the first president. In 1861 Virginia joins the confederacy. Originally Virginia was built at Jamestown in 1607 by John Smith but they didn't start the new world until 1699 so Virginia wasn't thought of until 1788 when the new world was being put into effect they started building Railroads and pathways ect to get to other cities and states like Virginia.
Virginia's Economy Then and Now
Virginia has an economy that is highly diversified. Tobacco, Virginia's traditional staple, is still the leading crop, and grains, corn, soybeans, peanuts, sweet potatoes, cotton, and apples are all important. In the early 20th century, economic change continued, with the expansion of dairy farming contributing to the economy. More significant was the boom in the state's industries, including shipbuilding activities in Hampton Roads. In the 21st century today Virginia has vastly grown their manufacturing, Farming, and more has gotten better over the past 100 years and especially their ship building and transports from state to state and country to country.
Virginia has two main land regions. also called the Tidewater. The name the land is fairly flat and nearly at sea level. Swamps and marshes often border the rivers. The Coastal Plains area extends west until it hits the Fall Line, where the land rises quickly to 300 feet (91 m). From this point westward, the land changes from rolling hills and fertile soil to forested mountains.