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Martinez is a census-designated place in Columbia County, Georgia, United States. It is a northwestern suburb of Augusta and is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area. The population was 35,795 at the 2010 census.GeographyMartinez is located in eastern Columbia County at . It is bordered to the southeast by the city of Augusta in Richmond County. To the north and northwest is the CDP of Evans. Interstate 20 forms the short southern boundary of Martinez, with access from Exit 194 .According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 37.9sqkm, of which 37.6sqkm is land and 0.3sqkm, or 0.76%, is water.Martinez has an elevation of above sea level, about higher than downtown Augusta. The areas of the CDP closest to the Richmond County line tend to be relatively flat, while land further west is hillier. Trees in Martinez are seen mainly in the subdivisions, as the main roads are crowded with businesses. They include pine, oak, sweet gum, hickory, and a variety of other species.HistoryDespite being named for a conquistador and plantation owner, the town's name is pronounced as "Martin-ez" by locals, rather than the traditional Spanish pronunciation of the name. The founder was José Martínez y Saldivar, a wealthy man from Cuba. He bought a plantation in Columbia County and named it El Cordero Rancho ("The Lamb Ranch"). He wanted to be an American soldier. He ended up having four daughters who married very wealthy men, one being a Dr. Perrin who died around 1940. El Cordero Ranch is now only in size. His old home (hacienda) and several buildings, barns and a water tower original to the property still stand.
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