Pennsylvania Colony

By Sydney Fishburn

The founding of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania colony was founded in 1682 by William Penn in Philadelphia. It is classified as one of the middle colonies and was named after Penn. The word, 'sylvania' means woodland. Pennsylvania's major industry at the time was agriculture and manufacturing.

More Facts

  • Ben Franklin helped Pennsylvania have a better life
  • The first college in Pennsylvania was named after John Dickinson and is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania'
  • Before the Pennsylvania colony, the area had been in dispute for years by the Dutch, English, and Swedes
  • The Pennsylvania colony's major cities were Lancaster, York, and Philadelphia