Virginia is formally known as the 'Commonwealth of Virginia' and is nicknamed 'Old Dominion.' The London Company established the Colony of Virginia in 1607 as the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay are Virginia’s two most distinct geographical features, and the two help determine the state’s climate and support the state’s diverse plants and wildlife. Created in 1776, and bearing the motto “Sic semper tyrannis,” or “Thus always to tyrants,” the seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia references its declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Home to approximately eight million residents today, Virginia is the twelfth most populous state in the United States.
This information was drawn from the Virginia.gov website, where you will find more detail on Virginia's history and culture.
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