Southern Peach State
Georgia is located in the southeastern United States of America on the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of the US state is the Olympic city of Atlanta. Around 480,000 people currently live there, and 5.8 million people live in the metropolitan area of Atlanta. In 2019, there were approximately 10.62 million people at home across Georgia. The major and largest cities in Georgia are Atlanta, Savannah, Augusta and Macon. The highest point in Georgia is Mount Brasstown Bald at 4,500 feet (1,458 meters).
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State Capitol with John Brown Gordon equestrian statue in Atlanta
Peach State Georgia
Georgia is officially referred to as the Peach State. Peach trees are everywhere in Georgia, hence the name. Apart from the large and lively metropolises, Georgia is very rural. Agriculture in Georgia is primarily known for growing peanuts, corn, tobacco, cotton and soybeans.
Spaniards establish first settlement
In 1526 the Spaniard Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón came to Georgia. He established a colony near St. Catherine’s Island. Coming from Florida, a few years later the Spanish conqueror Hernando de Soto came to Georgia with his men. The Muskogee, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chichasaw Native Americans were the true inhabitants of Georgia at this time. Over the course of many decades, unrelenting clashes erupted between whites and “Native Americans”. Eventually, the Native Americans were annihilated or driven out by Spanish superiority. In 1566 Spanish settlers founded the settlement of Santa Catalina.
Spain is defeated by England
After defeating the natives, English troops entered Georgia territory from the north. As a result, fierce fighting broke out between the British and Spanish. Finally, in 1680, British troops occupied the settlement of Santa Catalina. They named the conquered territory Georgia, after the English King George II.
Skyline – high rise office buildings of Atlanta in Georgia
Atlanta in Georgia
Atlanta has an extraordinary number of attractions to offer. One of the many attractions in Georgia is the Tallula Gorge. The length of the gorge is three kilometers, the depth is about 300 meters. Atlanta is the largest media center in the southern United States and has one of the largest airports in the United States. From shopping malls, galleries and museums, theme parks to antique shops, Atlanta has everything your heart desires. In 1996 the Summer Olympics took place in the capital of Georgia.
Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains are a popular climbing and hiking area in Georgia. In these foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in northeast Georgia, in the North-East Georgia Mountain Region, nature reigns supreme. There is a huge nature reserve there. The Chattahoochee River originates there. This region of Georgia really is a hiker’s dream.
Evening mood of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia
Nature in Georgia, which is one of the southern states of the USA, can be described as very varied. There are also cultural monuments from the shameful “slave days” to discover, such as numerous noble mansions.
Fantastic coast and culinary delights
Georgia is well suited for almost any kind of leisure activities. The very good golf courses in the coastal region and the beautiful, endless sandy beaches on the Atlantic are well known. Georgia’s Atlantic coast is approximately 150 kilometers long and is bounded to the north and south by the St. Mary’s and Savannah rivers. Crabs are a particularly tasty specialty on the Georgia coast.
Attractions in Georgia
- Omni Coliseum
- North Georgia Mountains
- Turner Field
- Philips Arena
- Augusta National Golf Club
- Atlanta Marriott Marquis
- Fox Theatre
- Georgia Dome
- Zoo Atlanta
- Georgia Aquarium
- Gwinnett Center Arena
- Sanford Stadium
- Piedmont Park Atlanta
- Cathedral of St. John – Savannah
- Savannah Historic District
- Raven Cliffs
- Anna Ruby Falls
- Fort Federica
- St Simons Island
- Will’s Park
- Big Creek
- Sandy Creek
- Tybee Island
- Fort Pulaski
- Hay House
- Sawnee Mountain
- Blythe island
- Chattahoochee River
- Long Creek Falls
- Crisson Gold Mine
- Bird State Park
- Desoto Falls
- Cartecay Vineyards
- Driftwood Beach
- Jekyll Island
Largest cities in Georgia
- Sandy Springs
- John’s Creek
Located south of the metropolis of Atlanta is the Georgia Historic Heartland. The clock runs noticeably slower there. Small towns and communities in the typical Southern style characterize the landscape. The population is friendly to visitors. The area is also known for its excellent fishing grounds.
Historical hiking trails in Georgia
Georgia ‘s Civil War Trail and Antebellum Trail are historic hiking trails set in beautiful countryside. You will pass beautiful mansions that date back to before the American Civil War. The Civil War Trail followed the historical route taken by Northern States General Sherman and his army on the “March to the Sea”.
Atlanta in Georgia – United States
metropolis of the southern states
Atlanta describes itself as a vibrant and dynamic cultural center in the southeastern United States. Although downtown Atlanta is characterized by numerous high-rise office buildings, the capital of Georgia can be described as a green city. A large number of parks with extensive water areas offer opportunities for recreation and leisure activities. Located in the northwest of the state, Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and was built on the foundations of Native American settlements. Located on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, Atlanta has a very special climate. The city itself consists of 45 districts with their own characteristics, from historical to modern, from art district to financial district.
Downtown skyline of Atlanta in Georgia at dusk
Danger coming from the sea
In summer there can be longer periods of drought in the region, in winter snowfall is the norm. The metropolis of Atlanta is located on Tornado Alley in the southern states. This means that the city is located in a region of the USA that is hit particularly often by tornadoes coming from the warm Atlantic. The tornadoes usually have great destructive power and in most cases cause great damage to buildings, up to complete destruction. People are often injured as well.
Civil War and Civil Rights Movement
In the American Civil War, in the American Civil War in the middle of the 19th century (1861-1865), important battles took place in the Atlanta region due to its strategically important location within the Confederation of Southern States at the time. A movement of importance to the United States originated in Atlanta in the mid-20th century, the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement fought for an end to white despotism towards people of color. dr Martin Luther King was the face of the civil rights movement until his assassination on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Discrimination against Afro-Americans is still ubiquitous today and, regrettably, parts of it still exist. A park was named after Martin Luther King, the Martin Luther King Memorial was set up, with the birthplace, church and tomb of the fighter for equal rights and equal treatment for blacks and whites.
Multi-lane highway to and from downtown Atlanta
Atlanta, the tax haven
With a population of approximately 472,000 in 2020, Atlanta is the largest city in the coastal state of Georgia. Notably, the greater Atlanta area is home to approximately 5.8 million people. Across Georgia, about 10.6 million people are at home as of 2020. Due to low tax rates, major US corporations such as Coca-Cola have settled in Atlanta as a tax haven. Numerous series with bestseller status have recently been produced in Atlanta by the local film industry.
Culture and cuisine
The city is proud of its large and varied cultural offerings. More than 30 music-focused festivals are regularly held in Atlanta each year. Typical southern blues can be heard from the city’s pubs. The city boasts excellent shopping opportunities. Museums and theaters complete Atlanta’s cultural offerings. There are countless restaurants to discover in Atlanta. The offer ranges from typical southern food, to seafood, to restaurants with delicacies from all over the world. The world’s largest drive-in restaurant is in Atlanta.
Attractions in Atlanta
- Botanical Garden
- Center for Civil and Human Rights
- Central Park Atlanta
- Centennial Olympic Park
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta
- CNN Headquarters
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Georgia Aquarium
- High Museum of Art
- Martin Luther King Park
- Martin Luther King Memorial
- Mercedes Benz Stadium
- Piedmont Park
- World of Coca Cola
- Atlanta Zoo