United States of America Geography

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Alabama

Population (1994): 4,219,000 (22nd in size)
State size: 51,718 square miles (29th in size)

State Capital: Montgomery (named after General Montgomery a hero in the Revolutionary war)

Major cities: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa

Admission to union: The 22nd State

Date entered the union: December 14, 1819

Origin of state name: Named after the Indian tribe the Alibamu

Nicknames: The Yellowhammer State, Heart of Dixie, and the Cotton State

Bordering states: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee with Gulf of Mexico on the south

State bird: Wild turkey

State flower: Camellia

State Tree: Southern Pine

Motto: We Dare Defend Our Rights

 

Minnesota

Minnesota is a major agricultural state including dairy farming, corn, wheat, oats and soybeans. Other industries include food processing, iron mining, and pulp and paper.

 

Virginia

Population (1994): 6,552,000 (12th in size)
State size: 40,767 square miles (36th in size)

State Capital: Richmond (named after the city of Richmond in England)

Major cities: Hampton Roads, Richmond and Roanoke

Admission to union: The 10th State

Date entered the union: June 25, 1788

Origin of state name: Named after Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the “Virgin Queen” because she was never married.

Nicknames: The Old Dominion

Bordering states: Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee

State bird: Cardinal

State flower: Flowering Dogwood

State tree: Dogwood

Motto: Thus Ever to Tyrants

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