Why Pennsylvania?

Why you should settle in Pennsylvania

Who and Why?

William Penn was the founder of Pennsylvania. He was a prestigious British Quaker, and used his prestige and influence to moderate some of the Quaker's extravagant practices. He also proposed to provide them a refuge in the New World, through the establishment of a colony, since Quakers were persecuted in Great Britain because of their beliefs. Pennsylvania was Penn's "Holy Experiment" where all faiths would be welcomed to settle, but it was also a means to increase his wealth. The colony of Pennsylvania prospered from the start as people of varying faiths settled there and brought their labor, ideas, and talents to the new colony. Unlike most of the other colonies, Pennsylvania remained a refuge for persecuted sects, and it was one of the most cosmopolitan of the colonies.

Important Facts

Religion: Not dominated by a specific religion which gave way to religious freedom for Quakers, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews and others.

Government: By 1775 Pennsylvania was governed as a Proprietary Colony.

Trade: The Middle Colonies were the big food producing region that included corn and wheat and livestock including beef and pork. Other industries included the production of iron ore, lumber, textiles, furs and shipbuilding.


Geography: Mountains, coastal plain and plateau areas to Lake Erie lowlands

How geography helped the economy: Since it was located on a coastal plain, a lot of farming could be done. Pennsylvania was often referred to as a breadbasket colony because it grew so many crops, especially wheat. The wheat was ground into flour in flour mills then shipped to England.

Historical facts

1.The colony was well-advertised and by 1700 was the third biggest and richest colony in the New World.

2.Pennsyvania allowed for a representative assembly elected by landowners.

3. Freedom of worship and religion was granted to all citizens.