Georgia entered the world stage in 1788 when it became the fourth state to join the United States of America. Providing the world its myriad products such as cotton, corn, timber and soybeans, Georgia emerged as one of the largest agricultural producers in the New World.
During the industrial age, Georgia grew to become one of world’s leaders in textile production and was the first place in the New World to boast a steamship journey from the port of Savannah to Europe. This shipping route gave Georgia the opportunity to develop its principle industries: agriculture, textiles and timber.
With the wealth earned from its famous harbor, Savannah, and its industries, Georgia built a name for itself. The 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, was born here on a spacious farm, and his leadership has impacted the world in many ways. He famously negotiated the 1979 Egypt-Israeli peace treaty, ending a state of conflict between the two states that existed since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The former president continues to advance peace and human rights through the Carter Center and leads annual work projects for Habitat for Humanity, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, with headquarters in Georgia.
Later, Georgia competed and won the chance to host the 1996 Summer Olympics. Atlanta overcame bids from Athens, Toronto, Melbourne, and Belgrade that year. The summer Olympics was a success and helped fuel the booming regional economy.
By the year 2000, twenty-four Fortune 1000 companies were housed in Georgia. Today, Atlanta and its neighboring cities are international leaders in business and trade, and compete globally in the biotech sector. With the help of hundreds of research, engineering, biotech, vocational and liberal arts schools, Georgia has become an ideal location for study and business.