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Virginia is named after Queen Elizabeth the First of England, who was also known as the Virgin Queen, though why we will never know (maybe she was a virgin). As such, the name of the state is now Virginia, and it was one of the 13 original colonies. The first settlement in the state was Jamestown, which was founded in 1607, and almost singlehandedly introduced the world to tobacco as we know it today (except without all the carcinogens). Today the state is known for its tourism, shipping industries and agriculture.
20% of all United States presidents were born in Virginia – actually, a little less, because only George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson were born in the state, and of those, only one presided in the 20th or 21st centuries. The state now borders six: West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. We say now because West Virginia was originally a part of Virginia until almost the end of the American Civil War, when it decided to secede from the state – it’s ironic that a state that seceded from the United States would end up having part of them secede back to the United States.
Speaking of secession, Virginia was one of the last states to secede from the United States in 1861, despite the fact that it saw the heaviest fighting of the entire war. On June 19th the state officially ratified the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. Once Virginia joined the capital was immediately relocated to Richmond, Virginia, though why remains a mystery when Montgomery was serving just fine as the capital. The Eastern Theater of the American Civil War was almost exclusively fought in the state, with the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Manassas (both first and second), Petersburg, and Appomattox all being fought there (though there was little fighting at Appomattox; the Confederate armies officially surrendered there).
During the summer months, average daily highs in the city only get up to around 90 degrees during the day, while overnight lows typically drop into the high 60’s. Virginia summers are typically hot and muggy, and the humidity can push temperatures way above 90 degrees if you’re in the right area of the state. However, cold winters abound in Virginia, with average highs during the day only getting into the low-to-mid 50’s while lows typically drop to around freezing overnight.
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