Souvenirs from Georgia
Georgia's history is a journey across ancient cultures, United States' recent history, Spanish brutal invasions and an on-and-off relationship with the Monarchy of England whose climax was reached during the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence. Located in the South-Eastern part of the United States, Georgia holds a history of its own: born officially in 1732 and one of the Thirteen Colonies (the last USA state to be re-joined to the Union), it was named after the British king George II. The overwhelming Southern hospitality typical for Georgia, a powerful sense of belonging to a community, a unique dialect, a cuisine heritage as well as the unforgettable scenes from Gone with the Wind are all stereotypes of Georgia promoting its culture across modernity. Visitors can now keep its charm alive with fridge magnets, keychains, souvenir plates and T-shirts available online.
The Gold Rush and the 'Trail of Tears'
At the beginning of the 19th century, Georgian mountains became a great attraction point for gold seekers and the amazing boom during the Georgia Gold Rush brought massive numbers of settlers and an aggressive military campaign against the Native American Cherokee whose land was targeted. It was the time of Indian deportations and a brutal local policy which aimed at relocating the Natives (during the 'Trail of Tears' thousands of them were killed). During the Civil War, Georgia was often the place of bloody battles with almost 20,000 of its people killed during the attacks. Therefore the legacy of the great events which shaped USA history is strongly embedded into Georgian culture: the whispers of the Civil War, the slave culture, the stories of the Great Depression and the challenges of the segregation and Civil Rights Movement can be heard in the silence of its rich sunny lands.
The Southern American Charm of Georgia
What makes visiting Georgia a unique cultural experience is its fabulous mixture of subcultures, from the Scottish and Irish heritage to the rich African legacy all set against a Native American background. Georgian flavors are typical for Southern American culture even if a significant number of Latin American immigrants have been enriching its heritage since the beginning of the 20th century. The picturesque Southern accent of the Georgians with their old fashioned manners and strong religious beliefs, the endless woods and rural landscapes with fields of corn and golden peach orchids are all typical for this part of the country. A charming blending of natural beauties inspired the sounds of Georgia from jazz to blues and the frequent use of the state's breathtaking postcard-like landscapes in many Hollywood productions.
The Rhythms and Sounds of the South
When visiting Georgia, enjoy the state's musical scene with a tradition which goes back to the rhythm and blues and rock-and-roll days as well as the heritage of African communities with their unique Piedmont blues. The sounds of Georgia are a fascinating journey across its history especially in places such as the McIntosh County or Boldon. A blending of rock, blues and the mesmerizing sounds of gospel are part of the Southern spirit and soul, so much emblematic of Georgian way of being. Across its wonderful lands, there is an abundant range of outdoor activities for nature lovers, from hiking in the Civil War Heritage Trails to climbing, hunting, paddling and fishing. Georgia's splendid natural landscapes have also been a significant resource for the state budget as they were often used as shooting venues for films after a 1970s local policy promoted the state locations for hundreds of directing projects across the decades.