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THE NATION’S BIRTHPLACE
The first English settlement of what would become the United States–and the original capital of Virginia–was Jamestown in 1607. Eight U.S. Presidents were born in this state, including Thomas Jefferson. In Charlottesville, Jefferson established the University of Virginia’s Academical Village and created his iconic home, the Monticello, where he wrote the Declaration of Independence.