Georgia is located in the Southern United States and is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. In 1861, Georgia seceded from the union and joined the Confederacy. The ensuing Civil War left a trail of great destruction in the state and caused a temporary setback to the agricultural industry. Georgia’s moderate winter climate and southern charm make coastal areas, the Blue Ridge area, and Atlanta popular vacation destinations within the state. The federal government has a number of facilities located in Georgia, including several military bases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Georgia economy originated around cotton, and its agricultural products have now expanded to include peanuts, tobacco, and corn.