Founded by William Penn on March 4, 1681


"King Charles II of England owed $80,000 to Admiral Sir William Penn. In 1681, as payment for the debt, the king granted what is today Pennsylvania to the admiral's son, also named William Penn. Penn named the territory New Wales. A Welsh member of England's Privy Council objected, so Penn called it Sylvania (woods). The king changed the name to Pennsylvania, in honor of the admiral."
The colony of Pennsylvania was founded by Sir William Penn. He was awarded this land from the King of England himself and partially proclaimed its name after himself. We have approximately 40,000 square miles of land in which immigrants from all over, ranging from England, Holland, Germany and even Ireland migrate to. Slaves from Africa are brought in as well. People could buy the land for approximately 40 shillings per one hundred acres. Or five thousand acres for one hundred pounds. At these prices people were drawn to the newly added territory.