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FutureStarrthe What's the Capital of Georgia
You’re about to take off on a flight from any city in the United States. Your destination is Atlanta. You’re looking for a map and directions to get your there, but every place you look doesn’t show the city you’re looking for. You finally find the answer on Wikipedia. You already know the capital is Atlanta in this case, but where’s it located?
The Georgia State Capitol is one of only forty-three National Historic Landmarks in Georgia. Built on the former site of Atlanta City Hall/Fulton County Courthouse (1854-1884), the five-acre property was donated to the state by the City of Atlanta specifically for a new capitol building. As the seat of state government since 1889, the capitol has been the focus of Georgia policy and law-making during the state's greatest periods of growth, and the scene of countless colorful events in the state's history.
The post-war Constitutional Convention of 1867-68 voted to relocate the capital of Georgia from Milledgeville to Atlanta on a temporary basis. Atlanta was already recognized as a major transportation center and a center of commerce for the Southeast, and had been suggested (and rejected) before the war as a potential new capital. The City of Atlanta encouraged the relocation with a standing offer of land and money for a capitol building. In 1868, the new Kimball Opera House, then under construction at the corner of Marietta and Forsyth, was selected as the temporary capitol, with the City of Atlanta acting as the broker for the transaction. The city's intense interest in the permanent siting of the capital in Atlanta is reflected in its offer to donate to the state "any parcel of land appropriate..." including the then-current site of the Atlanta City Hall. (Source: www.atlantaga.gov)
Tbilisi is an industrial, social and cultural center. It is also located on the transition line of an important global energy project (Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline). The city is located on the historic Silk Road. Therefore, in Russia’s North Caucasus, Turkey and the South Caucasus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan it has had an important role to play in history.
Islam is represented by both Azerbaijani Shia Muslims (in the south-east) ethnic Georgian Sunni Muslims in Adjara, and Laz-speaking Sunni Muslims as well as Sunni Meskhetian Turks along the border with Turkey. In Abkhazia, a minority of the Abkhaz population is also Sunni Muslim, alongside the faithful of the revived Abkhaz pagan faith. There are also smaller communities of Greek Muslims (of Pontic Greek origin) and Armenian Muslims, both of whom are descended from Ottoman-era converts to Turkish Islam from Eastern Anatolia who settled in Georgia following the Lala Mustafa Pasha's Caucasian campaign that led to the Ottoman conquest of the country in 1578. Georgian Jews trace the history of their community to the 6th century BC; their numbers have dwindled in the last decades due to high levels of immigration to Israel. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)