13 colonies


Who founded the colony and why?

The Pennsylvania colony was founded in English north america by William Penn on march 4, 1681 as dictated in a royal charter granted by king charles II. He founded pennsylvania for religious reasons.

Main industries- what financed the colony?

Pennsylvania's economy played a large roll when people started migrating to the Americas. wheat, corn, rye, hemp, and flax were the main crops sold in surplus that held up the economy. They also were skilled craftsmen and women so they manufactured household items as another way to make money.

Societal set up

The society of friends or "Quakers" became the first organization to ban slave holding. The Quakers were a christian movement founded by George fox. They were devoted to peaceful principals.

interesting facts

  • the Pennsylvania Colony was named by King Charles II after William Penn's father Admiral Sir William Penn, and the Latin word meaning woodland - Sylvania. Together Sylvania and Penn form the name Pennsylvania, which stood for Penn's Woods.
  • The land that became the Pennsylvania Colony had been in dispute for many years by the English, Dutch, and the Swedes.
  • The Pennsylvania Colony included immigrants from England, German, Scotch-Irish, and African Americans.
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