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Georgia/Florida Line: Exit 1 I-95n in GA To: St Mary’s Rd Welcome Center northbound, near Kingsland, GA 32 lines/20
Welcome to Georgia! Now how bout them peaches? I know corny right. But I had to. After all, Georgia is the state of peaches, pecans, peanuts and coke. By that I mean the soft drink which was invented here in the late eighteen hundreds.
Although initially conceived as a slave-free prison colony for England’s over-flowing debtor's prison inmates, Georgia was really established relatively late in 1732 as a buffer zone to protect wealthy South Carolina from invasions from Spanish soldiers in Florida. But imagine that: Georgia was essentially like Australia would become: a penal colony to dump perceived criminals. Anyone who today would declare bankruptcy might end up here.
Since entire families went to prison for not paying their debts, entire English families were shipped to Georgia on British Prison ships.
Today Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi. The state rolls down from the Appalachians through the piedmont and the swamps and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. In the nearby Okefenokee it encompasses the fifth largest swamp in the world.
The Okefenokee is as big as Rhode Island and many other superlatives including being the last state included in the thirteen colonies.
Georgia also boasts some rather alternative claims. At its founding it outlawed slavery. It also outlawed Catholics and lawyers. Of course paradise did not last...
Famous people from Georgia include Ray Charles, President Jimmy Carter, First Brother Billy Carter, Ty Cobb, James Bowie, Jackie Robinson, Julia Roberts, Hulk Hogan , Trisha Yearwood, Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas and Civil Rights Icon Martin Luther King Junior.
Speaking of Kings, everyone brought their crowns, right? It’s time to put them on, because we’re now entering Kings Bay, Georgia. This town’s claim to fame is that it is the home of the Ohio Class Naval Submarine Base. These boomers can wipe out most countries in the world in a matter of minutes. So yes, welcome to Georgia, home of peaches, peanuts, and Armageddon!
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