The Peach State Experience
Georgia (GA), nicknamed The Empire of the South, or the Peach State, was the 4th state in the U.S., becoming a state on January 2, 1788. It was first established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. Named after King George II of Great Britain, Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. Later it declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. The capital of Georgia and the largest city, is Atlanta. More than 9,992,267 Georgians call the state home. The state's official song is "Georgia On My Mind," which was made famous by native musician and singer Ray Charles.
In addition to the capital city of Atlanta, the largest city in this, the 24th largest state in the U.S., include Augusta, Savanah, Macon, Athens, Rome, and Dalton. The state’s major industries include textiles, timber (especially pine), and agriculture (cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, poultry).
Georgia is bordered on the south by Florida, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina, on the west by Alabama, and on the north by Tennessee and North Carolina. The northern part of the state is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains system. Historical and naturally beautiful, in Georgia you’ll find the Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, Suwannee River, as well as Lake Sidney Lanier, Clark Hill Lake, West Point Lake, and Lake Hartwell.
Georgia is home to research and education institutions such as: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, Emory University, and Georgia State, among others.
Sports in Georgia include professional teams in all major sports, Olympic Games contenders and medalists, collegiate teams in major and small-school conferences and associations, and active amateur teams and individual sports. The state has a team in three major professional leagues — Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball, Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. The Masters golf tournament, the first of the PGA tour's four "majors", is held at the Augusta National Golf Club.