State of Virginia
Counties, Government, Facts and History
Virginia has played a large role in United States history, especially in colonial times. In 1607 Jamestown was founded. It was the first permanent settlement established by English settlers. In 1619, the practice of slavery began in the area. Virginia was also home to both the Revolutionary War surrender at Yorktown and the Civil War surrender at Appomattox. Eight of the Presidents of the United States have been born in Virginia, which is why the state is known as the "Mother of Presidents."
The eight original shires were: Accawmack, Charles City, Charles River, Elizabeth City, Henrico, James City, Warrosquyoake, and Warwick River. See also Virginia History Page for more Details
The state's 2010 population was 8,001,024 and the largest cities (2010) are Virginia Beach, 437,994; Norfolk, 242,803; Chesapeake, 222,209; Richmond , 204,214; Newport News , 180,719; Alexandria , 139,966; Hampton , 137,436; Roanoke , 97,032; Portsmouth, 95,535; Suffolk, 84,585.
The State of Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I of England (she was known as the Virgin Queen). Sir Walter Raleigh may have suggested this name around 1584 . Virginia's state nickname is " Old Dominion ". The State Motto is " Sic Semper Tyrannis " which means Thus Always to Tyrants .