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The "Commonwealth of Virginia or simply Virginia (named after "Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the Virgin Queen), is a "U.S. state located in the "Southern United States and "Mid-Atlantic States. It is one of four "states that use the name "commonwealth. It is the "12th most populous state.

The "Colony of Virginia was the first part of "the Americas to be colonized permanently by England—laying the foundation for the "British Empire—and was nicknamed the Old Dominion by "King Charles II. It is one of the "original thirteen colonies of the "United States and was the tenth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. In 1861, Virginia was the eighth state to secede from the Union and its capital, Richmond, became the national capital of the Confederate States of America.

Virginia is known as the "Mother of Presidents", because it is the birthplace of eight "U.S. presidents ("George Washington, "Thomas Jefferson, "James Madison, "James Monroe, "William Henry Harrison, "John Tyler, "Zachary Taylor, and "Woodrow Wilson), more than any other state, including four out of the first five, six out of the first ten, seven out of the first twelve, and eight of the first twenty-eight. Virginia has also been known as the "Mother of States", because portions of the original Colony subsequently became "Kentucky, "Indiana, "Illinois, and "West Virginia as well as some portions of "Ohio.

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"Norfolk is an "independent city in the "Commonwealth of Virginia in the "United States. With a population of 245,803 as of the 2012 Cooper Center population estimates, it is Virginia's second-largest city behind neighboring "Virginia Beach.

Norfolk is located at the core of the "Hampton Roads metropolitan area, named for the large "natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of "Chesapeake Bay. It is one of nine cities and seven counties that constitute the Hampton Roads metro area, officially known as the "Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA. The city is bordered to the west by the "Elizabeth River and to the north by the "Chesapeake Bay. It also shares land borders with the independent cities of "Chesapeake to its south and "Virginia Beach to its east. One of the oldest of the cities in "Hampton Roads, Norfolk is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.

The city has a long history as a strategic military and transportation point. "Norfolk Naval Base is the world's largest such base, and the world's largest military alliance, the "North Atlantic Treaty Organization has one of its two Strategic Command headquarters here. The city also has the corporate headquarters of "Norfolk Southern Railway, one of North America's principal "Class I railroads, and "Maersk Line, Limited, who manages the world's largest fleet of "US-flag vessels. As the city is bordered by multiple bodies of water, Norfolk has many miles of riverfront and bayfront property. It is linked to its neighbors by an extensive network of "Interstate highways, "bridges, "tunnels, and three "bridge-tunnel complexes—the only bridge-tunnels in the United States.

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"John Floyd (April 24, 1783 – August 17, 1837) was a "Virginia politician and soldier. He represented Virginia in the "United States House of Representatives and later served as the "25th "Governor of Virginia. During his career in the House of Representatives, Floyd was an advocate of settling the "Oregon Territory, unsuccessfully arguing on its behalf from 1820 until he left Congress in 1829; the area did not become a territory of the United States until 1848.

In 1832, Floyd received votes for the "Presidency of the United States, running in the "Nullifier Party. He carried South Carolina and its 11 "electoral votes. While governor of Virginia, the "Nat Turner slave rebellion occurred and Floyd initially supported emancipation of slavery, but eventually went with the majority. His term as governor saw economic prosperity for the state. He is the namesake of "Floyd County, Virginia.

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  • Capital: "Richmond, Virginia
  • Total area: 110,862 sq.mi
  • Highest elevation: 5,729 ft ("Mount Rogers)
  • Population (2010 census) 8,001,024
  • Date Virginia joined the united States: June 25, 1788

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"Topics "Rivers | "Governors | "Colony | "Rights | "Homes | "Colleges & Universities | "Counties | "People
"Regions "Appomattox Basin | "Eastern Shore | "Middle Peninsula | "Northern Neck | "Northern Virginia | "Piedmont | "Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians | "Shenandoah Valley | "Southside | "Southwest Virginia | "Tidewater
"Metros "Abingdon | "Blacksburg | "Bluefield | "Bristol | "Charlottesville | "Culpeper | "Danville | "Fredericksburg | "Front Royal | "Harrisonburg | "Leesburg | "Lynchburg | "Martinsville | "Marion | "Poquoson | "Radford | "Richmond | "Roanoke | "Staunton | "Suffolk | "Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads | "Warrenton | "Washington, D.C./Northern | "Waynesboro | "Williamsburg | "Winchester | "Wytheville
"Counties "Accomack | "Albemarle | "Alleghany | "Amelia | "Amherst | "Appomattox | "Arlington | "Augusta | "Bath | "Bedford | "Bland | "Botetourt | "Brunswick | "Buchanan | "Buckingham | "Campbell | "Caroline | "Carroll | "Charles City | "Charlotte | "Chesterfield | "Clarke | "Craig | "Culpeper | "Cumberland | "Dickenson | "Dinwiddie | "Essex | "Fairfax | "Fauquier | "Floyd | "Fluvanna | "Franklin | "Frederick | "Giles | "Gloucester | "Goochland | "Grayson | "Greene | "Greensville | "Halifax | "Hanover | "Henrico | "Henry | "Highland | "Isle of Wight | "James City | "King and Queen | "King George | "King William | "Lancaster | "Lee | "Loudoun | "Louisa | "Lunenburg | "Madison | "Mathews | "Mecklenburg | "Middlesex | "Montgomery | "Nelson | "New Kent | "Northampton | "Northumberland | "Nottoway | "Orange | "Page | "Patrick | "Pittsylvania | "Powhatan | "Prince Edward | "Prince George | "Prince William | "Pulaski | "Rappahannock | "Richmond | "Roanoke | "Rockbridge | "Rockingham | "Russell | "Scott | "Shenandoah | "Smyth | "Southampton | "Spotsylvania | "Stafford | "Surry | "Sussex | "Tazewell | "Warren | "Washington | "Westmoreland | "Wise | "Wythe | "York
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"Alexandria | "Bedford | "Bristol | "Buena Vista | "Charlottesville | "Chesapeake | "Colonial Heights | "Covington |"Danville | "Emporia | "Fairfax | "Falls Church | "Franklin | "Fredericksburg | "Galax | "Hampton | "Harrisonburg | "Hopewell | "Lexington | "Lynchburg | "Manassas | "Manassas Park | "Martinsville | "Newport News | "Norfolk | "Norton | "Petersburg | "Poquoson |

"Portsmouth | "Radford | "Richmond | "Roanoke | "Salem | "Staunton | "Suffolk | "Virginia Beach | "Waynesboro | "Williamsburg | "Winchester

"Colleges & Universities "Appalachian School of Law | "Averett University | "Bluefield College | "Bridgewater College | "Christendom College | "Christopher Newport University | "College of William & Mary | "Emory and Henry College | "Ferrum College | "George Mason University | "George Washington University Virginia Campus | "Hampden–Sydney College | "Hampton University | "Hollins University | "James Madison University | "Liberty University | "Longwood University | "Marine Corps University | "Mary Baldwin University | "Marymount University | "Norfolk State University | "Old Dominion University | "Radford University | "Randolph–Macon College | "Randolph–Macon Woman's College | "Regent University | "Roanoke College | "Saint Paul's College | "Shenandoah University | "Southern Virginia University | "Sweet Briar College | "University of Mary Washington | "University of Richmond | "University of Virginia | "University of Virginia's College at Wise | "Virginia Commonwealth University | "Virginia Community College System | "Virginia Intermont College | "Virginia Military Institute | "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | "Virginia State University | "Virginia Union University | "Virginia Wesleyan University | "Washington and Lee University | "Westwood College


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