"City of Brotherly Love"
"Birthplace of a mighty nation, Keystone of the land."
Pennsylvania's nickname is also the Keystone State because it has held a key position in the political, economic, and social development of the United States it was the middle colony of the original 13 colonies. The actual meaning of the the work keystone originates from architecture in which it describes the central wedge-shaped stone in an arch which holds all the other stones in place. The of the most historical documents were written in Pennsylvania: the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address.
Transition from the Old World to the New World
Founded by William Penn, Pennsylvania offered both religious tolerances and economic opportunity for all of us within the colony. Living here I got to be of witness to how our state moved away from the inequalities of the Old World and ended up replicating the New World. The beginning of this transition took place in 1681 when penn received his Charter. He needed to raise money so in doing so he sold land to a group of rich Quaker merchants, who in return would receive government positions and economic concessions. Finally arriving here to Pennsylvania there were already 4,000 people who lived within the sate. Penn had many ideas for changes to happen for our state such as the way he wanted farmland laid out, mapping of the city settlement along a grid, and the distance between houses so there was a less risk of fires spreading. Penn and his ideas attracted many people and before I knew it our population was growing with communities that spoke different languages and practicing different religions. We were able to live where and how ever we chose to and pursued jobs that were most beneficial to us. I always felt a sense of freedom when ever someone would ask me how was it to live in Pennsylvania!