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15 Awesome Facts About Virginia You Should Know

Prabhakar Pillai Jul 27, 2020
Virginia is a U.S. state and its capital is Richmond.
Its area is 42,774.5 square miles with 9 million residents.
It became a U.S. state on June 25, 1788.
Virginia is the birthplace of its eight U.S. Presidents, which is more than any other US state.
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The state boasts of the largest office building in the world - the Pentagon.
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The state was named after Queen Elizabeth I. The latter was popularly known as the Virgin Queen.
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During the American Civil War, more battles took place here than in any other state.
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One of the greats of Tennis, Arthur Ashe was a native of Virginia.
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Both the American Revolution and the Civil War ended in this state.
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Virginia is called the 'Home of the Internet'. A staggering 70% of the global internet traffic passes through Ashburn in Loudoun County, Virginia.
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Established in 1693, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the country.
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In 1862, the first battle between metal armored vessels took place here which was an important milestone in naval warfare.
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The state boasts of being the home of 38 out of the 41 independent cities of USA.
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Richmond was the venue of the US's first bank run by a woman. The latter's name was Maggie Lena Walker. In 1903, she started St. Luke Penny Savings Bank.
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The state accounts for 10% of the total personalized vanity license plates issued in the nation.
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The state boasts of the largest bridge-tunnel complex in the world namely the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
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The world's largest naval base is located in Norfolk city, Virginia.
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In 1619, the first ever Thanksgiving in North America took place in this state.
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