The native Virginia of Anthony Tata, who lives today in Raleigh, North Carolina, would have had a strong influence in the formation of his patriotism and life choices. Virginia evolved from an original first Colony of Great Britain, among a great many historical firsts for this region of prolific natural beauty. Virginia is a state of the United States which boasts extensive deciduous forests in the western regions and evergreens and conifers in the central and eastern areas. 65% of the state is dominated by forests, including hemlocks, hickory, and oaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Although oak forests have been reduced due to the infestation of the gypsy moth, the predominance of trees in the state belies the dense populations along Chesapeake Bay, which would have formed the Norfolk-born Anthony Tata’s first experiences as he grew up. The largest forests are on the Atlantic coast and in the western mountains. Large populations of mammals, birds, fish and sea animals roam the forests, meadows, rivers and ocean bays of the state, and 30 National Park outlets in the state protect the natural wonders of Virginia including the Shenandoah National Park, the scenic Skyline Drive, and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Had Anthony Tata taken a car trip with his parents into the Piedmont region of Virginia as a child, the heavily populated Chesapeake area would have seemed very far away, as Virginia continues to be dominated by the rural and wilderness areas which attracted the first English colonists in 1607.