Pennsylvania

America Starts Here

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Pennsylvania Colony was founded in 1682 by William Penn and other colonists.

King Charles II of England specified in the charter given to William Penn that the name should be Pennsylvania. This is a combination of the Latin word 'Sylvania'.

William Penn

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Persuading Aspects

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 - refer to Colonial Times.

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The Pennsylvania Colony included immigrants from England, German, Scotch-Irish, and African Americans.


The Pennsylvania Colony's landscape included mountains, coastal plains, and plateaus and land suitable for farming.


Natural resources in the Pennsylvania Colony included iron ore, coal, furs, forest, and farmland.


The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia's Independence Hall.


Pennsylvania is famous for many places and things including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Gettysburg, and Valley Forge.


Slavery was legal in the Pennsylvania Colony. Free African-Americans were also controlled by law and treated differently than whites.


The land that became the Pennsylvania Colony had been in dispute for many years by the English, Dutch, and the Swedes.


The Pennsylvania Colony grew hem, flax, rye, which were important for industry.


The Pennsylvania Colony's major cities included York, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.


The Pennsylvania Colony included immigrants from England, German, Scotch-Irish, and African Americans.