The Commonwealth of Virginia is an American state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. The state is named after Queen Elizabeth I
of England who was known as the 'Virgin Queen' because she never married. The
state is also known as the "Old Dominion" and sometimes "Mother of Presidents",
because it is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents. The capital of the
commonwealth is Richmond, while Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and
Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision.
The roots of modern Virginia trace back to the founding of the Virginia
Colony in 1607 by the Virginia Company of London as the first permanent New
World English colony. Agriculture, colonialism and slavery played significant
roles in Virginia's early economy and politics. Virginia became one of the
thirteen colonies that would take part in the American Revolution and
subsequently part of the Confederacy in the American Civil War. Although
traditionally conservative and historically part of the South, modern Virginia
is a politically competitive state for both major national parties.
Virginia has an economy with several important foundations, including the
Department of Defense's Pentagon and other federal agencies in Northern
Virginia, military bases in Hampton Roads, as well as significant agricultural
production. The Historic Triangle includes the popular heritage tourism
destinations of Jamestown, Yorktown and the living museum of Colonial Williamsburg. The growth of the
technology sector has made computer chips the
state's leading export, with the industry based on the strength of Virginia's
public schools and universities.
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