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Atlanta is the business capital of the southeastern United States, and rapidly becoming an international business center. Yet, this capital city of Georgia still clings to the traditions of the Old South. The city, located on the Piedmont Plateau in the northern part of the state on the eastern slopes of the Appalachian Mountains, can match its economic expansion with the rapid growth of its metropolitan area, an estimated population of 3,400,000. Today, Atlanta is the headquarters to some of the nationís best-known companies: Coca-Cola, UPS, Georgia-Pacific, Turner Broadcasting, and Delta Airlines. In addition, eighty percent of the nationís largest companies maintain branch offices in Atlantaís metro area. A leader in air transport and commerce, Atlanta is served by a major international airport, three interstate highway systems, and modern passenger and freight railroads. Plus many celebrated institutions of higher learning. Downtown trade facilities include the World Congress Center, the Merchandise Mart, and the Apparel Mart.

Notable points of interests are: State Capitol with its gilded cupola and dome; Underground Atlanta, a subterranean marketplace; Georgia Dome, home of the NFL Atlanta Falcons; Georgia Stone Mountain Park, featuring historic houses, a museum, campground, recreation facilities, and a large carving of Confederate leaders from the American Civil War; the Atlanta Zoo and the nationís third largest planetarium; the National Historic Site of the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Carter Presidential Center, dedicated to president Jimmy Carter; The Atlanta History Center; and Turner Field, home of the major league Atlanta Braves.

This city was originally occupied by the Creek and Cherokee peoples who were driven out by the Western and Atlantic Railroad in 1837. The cityís main thoroughfare, Peachtree Street, still follows the route of an ancient Indian trail. After the railroad, the area was called Terminus. Later settlers changed the name to Marthasville. In 1847 the City was incorporated.

Because the area was a major production center and supply depot for the Confederate Army, it became a prime objective of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, who captured and burned the city in September 1864--an event that became the centerpiece of the motion picture Gone With the Wind in 1939. Atlanta rose from the ashes to become the capital of Georgia in 1877.


 
 


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