"Empire State of the South" and " The Peach State"
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The State of Georgia was much-disputed since the 1500s, with France, England, and Spain all taking possession of it at various times. Those times were: 1513, Discovery, 1565 to 1763, First Spanish Colonial Period, 1763 to 1783, British Colonial Period, 1784 to 1821, Second Spanish Period, 1821 to 1845, U.S. Territorial Period, 1845, Became the 27th State.
The State of Georgia was founded in 1733 and consisted of 12 parishes at the time of the American Revolution. These parishes were St. George, St. Thomas, St. Mary, St. Philip, Christ Church, St. Matthew, St. Philip, St. David, St. Patrick, St. John, St. Andrew, St. James and St. Paul. Counties were not formed until 1777, covering at that time only a portion of Georgia's present jurisdiction. Eventually as Native American land was acquired, new counties were created. See also Georgia History Page for more Details
The State of Georgia entered the union as a state on Jan. 2, 1788 as the 4th state. It has 159 Counties. The State of Georgia was named in honor of King George II of England.
The 2010 population of Georgia was 9,687,653 and the largest cities (2010) are largest cities (2010) are Atlanta (470,688), Augusta-Richmond County (190,782), Columbus (185,271), Savannah (128,453), Athens-Clarke County (103,238), Macon (94,316), Roswell (85,920), Albany (75,394), Marietta (61,261), Warner Robins (57,907).