Georgia is not only the largest state east of the Mississippi River, but it also has the most counties, one of which is named after Revolutionary War hero Nancy Hart. Georgia has the oldest state park in the country as well as the oldest state university and the first full women's college.
Georgia houses dozens of birds and animals. More than 350 species of birds call this state home as do 65 plant and animal species that are either threatened or endangered. The largest reported wild pig in existence roamed the town of Alapaha at the astonishing size of 12 feet long and 1,000 pounds.
Georgia is the location of the largest swamp in North America, the Okefenokee. The tallest cascading waterfall, Amicalola Falls, lies in Georgia as does one of the largest single granite masses, Stone Mountain. The state's geography includes seven natural wonders, including the aforementioned features along with Providence Canyon, Radium Springs, Tallulah Gorge and Warm Springs.
The area that later became Georgia was explored as early as 1540 by Hernando de Soto and founded as a colony in 1733. It was first established as a place for the poor and debtors to live. Twice during its history the state had three concurrent governors.