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In 1607, English merchants came to Virginia and formed Jamestown, the first permanent settlement. The colony soon became wealthy from tobacco farming made possible by slave labor. The state played a prominent role in two wars. It was the site of the last Revolutionary War battle and it was the location of many Civil War battles.

Fun Facts

  • Wealthy Virginia faced financial ruin after the Civil War. Towns and farms were devastated.
  • Virginia has a mild climate. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland.
  • With its close proximity to Washington D.C., many government workers live in Virginia and commute to the city.
  • Virginia is home to the Pentagon, the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense. In this huge office building, more than 200,000 telephone calls are made each day, according to the National Geographic Kids United States Atlas.
  • Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia, more than any other state. They are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
  • Pirates, such as Blackbeard, targeted the port of Hampton in the 1700s. Today, an annual festival commemorates them.
  • The merchants who established Virginia hoped to produce silk from silk worms, but a virus destroyed their plans and they grew tobacco instead.
  • Virginia is known as the “birthplace of the nation.”


Virginia Quick Stats

Population: 8,001,024

State capital: Richmond (population, 204,214)

Largest city: Virginia Beach (population 437,994)

State bird: cardinal

State flower: flowering dogwood

Questions and Answers

Question: What is the largest industry in Virginia?

Answer: Government. One-fourth of Virginias work for the U.S. government.


Learn More

Watch a short video about Virginia.



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