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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Georgia History

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1. On June 11, 1776, Georgia became the first colony to officially declare its independence from Great Britain. This declaration of independence was made by the Georgia Provincial Congress in Savannah, Georgia.

2. On June 11, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed from St. Louis, Missouri on their expedition to explore the western portion of the United States, which became known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The expedition took them through the Louisiana Territory, the Rocky Mountains, and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.

3. On June 11, 1907, the Georgia State Capitol building was dedicated in Atlanta, Georgia. The building, which is a Beaux Arts style structure, was designed by architect Willoughby J. Edbrooke and was completed in 1889.

4. On June 11, 1967, the Atlanta Braves played their first game at Atlanta Stadium, which later became known as Turner Field. The team, previously located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, moved to Atlanta in the 1960s and played their home games at Atlanta Stadium until 1996.

5. On June 11, 1986, the Georgia General Assembly designated the peach as the official state fruit of Georgia. The peach is a significant agricultural crop in Georgia and represents a major part of the state's economy. Georgia is known as the "Peach State" and hosts several peach festivals throughout the year.
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