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Virginia Beach,is located in the southeast part of the state on the Atlantic coastline. It is the most populous city in Virginia.
On April 29, 1607 the first English settlers to set foot in America landed at Cape Henry at the tip of Virginia Beach. They were led by Captain Christopher Newport and a rebellious John Smith. Newport and Smith would battle for control of the new settlement, known as Jamestown, until Smith was forced back to England by the colonists two years later. The first permanent settlement within the city limits was made at Lynnhaven Bay in 1621. Cape Henry became an important port for British merchant ships calling on America.
Virginia Beach is a famous vacation resort since the 19th century. The building of a railroad connecting its oceanfront with Norfolk and the construction of its first hotel in 1883 stimulated the process of becoming a reputed resort. In 1963, Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach merged.
Tourism generates the economy of Virginia Beach. More than 3 million people visit Virginia Beach each year. Virginia Beach's economy is also supported by military diverse industries including agriculture, computer software, engineering, and technical services and military bases.