5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Georgia

On January 2, 1788, Georgia ratified the Constitution, and entered the Union as the fourth state. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the the Peach State.

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Georgia Is More Than The Peach State Even though Georgia is called “The Peach State,” the moniker isn’t exactly true. Yes, Georgia does produce peaches, but it isn’t the nation’s top peach producer. California is the top peach producing state followed by South Carolina. Georgia is actually the fourth largest peach producer in the nation. Georgia is however, the country’s number-one producer of peanuts, pecans, and vidalia onions, which are known as the sweetest onions in the world.

Coca-Cola Originated in Georgia John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist in Atlanta, invented a drink in 1886 as a tonic that could be used for common ailments. It was based on cocaine derived from the coca leaf and extracts rich in caffeine from the kola nut. Frank Robinson, his bookkeeper came up with the name Coca-Cola and the refreshing drink became a huge success.

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It Was Meant to Be a Felon Colony James Oglethorpe, a member of Parliament in England, founded Georgia and wanted to use this vast territory for prisoners who could not pay their debts. Oglethorpe was a social reformer who realized that debtors released into cities after leaving prison often had no way to support themselves. He wanted to take these people and give them a second chance in a new place.  

The State Was Named After a King Georgia was the last of the original thirteen colonies established by Great Britain, in what later became the United States. Georgia was named after King George II of England, who granted the state its charter in 1732. The terms of the charter specified that the colony was to be founded by James Oglethorpe and be named after King George II. The colony covered a vast area, even after the signing of the Treaty of Paris changed its western border. As the last of the thirteen British colonies, Georgia was governed by a Board of Trustees in London, and slavery, Roman Catholics, and lawyers were prohibited.

Georgia Funeral Directors Have To Watch Their Language If a funeral director in Georgia is discovered using foul language in front of a corpse, he or she can lose their license. Indecent, obscene, or profane language when a body is present or within the family’s hearing, if the loved one's body has not yet been disposed of or interred, is absolutely forbidden. It makes one wonder what kind of comments brought about this type of ruling.