West Virginia

From 1609 to 1863, West Virginia was part of Virginia. Therefore, a lot of its history is shared with its “parent” state. Virginia split from the Union in 1861, and West Virginia was formed. It played a vital role in the Civil War and was the location of many significant battles.

Now it leads the nation’s coal, steel, aluminum, and glass production. Famous “sons and daughters” of the state include General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Pearl S. Buck, and Chuck Yeager. The state encourages small businesses to set up there, thanks to its inexpensive overheads.


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