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Virginia is in the Southeastern part of the United States. It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains. The nickname of Virginia is the Old Dominion, as it was the place where Jamestown, the first colony in America, was founded. Virginia is also called the Mother of Presidents, because more United States presidents were born in Virginia than any other state. Notable features in Virginia are the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chesapeake Bay. The largest city in Virginia is Virginia Beach. The capital is Richmond.
Virginia State Seal
Virginia State Quarter
Arlington National Cemetery
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Virginia is home base for the Atlantic Fleet of the United States Navy. It is in Norfolk. The Atlantic Fleet was established in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Pacific Fleet was established at the same time. The purpose of the two fleets was to give protection to the new bases in the Caribbean that were acquired after the Spanish-American War. Today the US Navy has around 450 ships, which range from aircraft carriers to submarines.