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What are some interesting facts about the southeast region of the United States?

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The southeast region of the United States is unique, among other areas, in its history, being home to some of the nation's oldest communities; and in its geography, featuring the continent's longest river and largest subtropical wilderness area. Twelve states make up the region, and each one contributes to the region's distinctive nature.

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Some definitions of the southeast region include only seven states: Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. However, others include Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The following facts include those from all 12 states in the region.

  • The Florida Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness area in the entire North American continent.
  • As of 2013, Florida is the most populous state in the region.
  • The most popular cruise ship port in the world is the port of Miami.
  • Richmond, the state capital of Virginia, was the Confederacy capital during the American Civil War.
  • The Pentagon, located in Virginia, is the largest low-rise office building in the world.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia is the largest bridge and tunnel combination of its kind at 23 miles in length.
  • Georgia was named in honor of the English king George II.
  • The town of St. Marys in Georgia is the United States' second oldest city.
  • Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886.
  • The Mississippi River is the longest in North America.
  • North Carolina suffered more casualties than any other Confederate state in the American Civil War, losing 20,000 soldiers in battle and more to illness.
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