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In Greek mythology, Colchis (west Georgia) was the homeland of the Golden Fleece (fleece of the gold-hair winged ram).

The first European tourists, the Argonauts, came to Georgia to search for the legendary Golden Fleece, sometime before 1000 BC. It is thought that the Golden Fleece may refer to the practice of using sheep’s’ hides to pan for gold in Georgia’s mountain streams, a practice still known to this day. The incorporation of the Golden Fleece into the myth may have derived from the local practice of using fleeces to sift gold dust from rivers.

At this time Georgia was well known for its metal skill, linens, wine and herbal remedies