While the US state of Georgia might not be talked about quite as much as the likes of California and New York in terms of world wide notoriety, it is the 8th most populated state in the union, and its capital city Atlanta is very much a global city with great importance to the overall economic system of the entire globe. As one of the original 13 colonies, there’s a lot of history there, and it always manages to advances with the times as well. For those looking to learn a little more about what goes on in the famous Peach State, here are some interesting and notable facts:

1 – Georgia has more counties than any other state in the east of the Mississippi River, and it’s the largest state on that side of the country as well.

2 – While Atlanta is known as a very modern city, there’s also a lot of rural areas in the state. There’s a wealth of wildlife to be found there, including over 300 different species of birds. The Brown Thrasher is its official “state bird.” There are also a high number of plants and animals of “threatened” conservation status there.

3 – Georgia became the 4th official US state despite being the last of the original thirteen colonies. In darker times, it was also the 5th state to join the Confederacy during the Civil War, and it was later the last to secede.

4 – Despite the somewhat horrific nature of much of Civil War history, there has been much done in Georgia to at least preserve noteworthy aspects of their part in the ongoing battle. In fact, the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world resides on Stone Mountain, an attraction in Stone Mountain Park which pays tribute to famous Confederate figures such as Stonewall Jackson, Robert E Lee, and Jefferson Davis.

5 – There is quite a lot of Native American history in Georgia. Of note, the Cherokee’s alphabet has been proven to originate within its borders. Many of the state’s natural features are named in honor of the original native populous, including the Okefenokee Swamp and Tobesofkee Creek.

6 – Along with being the birthplace of the world famous Coca-Cola soft drink in 1886, Georgia also has the United States’ highest production of pecans, sweet Vidalia onions, peanuts, and as you might expect: peaches.