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(George became the patron saint of England in the 1340s.) Meanwhile, the saint's name derives from Greek and refers to a tiller of land.

In that respect, both Georgia and Georgia live up to their names.

suffix, meaning "state of," comes from the Greek and was tacked onto the end of many place names via the vast imperial and lingual legacy of the Romans.

The name George became popular in Western Europe only after the Crusades, when knights traveling to the Holy Land came in contact with the widespread veneration of the saint among the Eastern Christians—in places like Georgia.

Why does a country that was formerly part of the USSR have the same name as a state in the American Deep South? But the Kartveli have for many centuries been associated with George, the Roman soldier and Christian martyr.

(They adopted Christianity under Roman rule in the 330s.) The Arabs, Ottomans, and Persians—who ruled over the country at various times until the Russians took control in 1801—chose to name Sakartvelo after its beloved patron saint, whose image dotted the art and architecture of the region.

Only in the 16th century did the Ottomans return - with a bigger army - and Georgia’s rulers had to surrender the city.

- After becoming a Soviet State, in 1921, Ajara - with its centre in Batumi - was declared an Autonomous Republic. During the Soviet era, however, Batumi lost its significance and was a fairly ordinary Soviet town.

- By the end of 1870s, the construction of the sea port was finished and the expansion of Batumi began.

The Batumi-Tbilisi-Baku railway was completed in 1900, just in time for the completion of the Baku-Batumi oil pipeline: there was a huge oil production centre in Batumi.

A European Union Monitoring Mission was sent to Georgia in the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia war.

Georgia does not have any official status as a candidate for future enlargement of the European Union, but in 2011 Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili expressed a desire for his country to become a member state of the EU.

Just hand your catch to the chef and let him do the rest. They will also serve beer and vodka as well as bread, tasty salad.

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