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Peter Stuyvesant and the New Netherlands
Statehood: Pennsylvania was admitted to the Union on December 12, 1787
Constitution: 2nd State to be admitted to the Union
State Motto: "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"

The Native Indians of Pennsylvania included the Delaware, Erie, Honniasont, Iroquois, Saponi, Shawnee, Susquehanna, Tuscarora, Tutelo and Wenrohronon tribes

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Italian explorer John Cabot ( Giovanni Caboto ) explores the coast for the English



Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano ( 1485 - 1528 ) explores the Carolina coast for France



Captain John Smith (1580-1631) maps the coast from Virginia up the Susquehanna River



Henry Hudson (1565-1611) English and navigator employed by the Dutch explores the area



Captain Samuel Argall, an English sea captain, names the bay after Lord De La Warr, the governor of Virginia



1638-1655 - Swedish settlers set up the first settlement



Swedish settlement led by Peter Minuet starting the the New Sweden Colony



Peter Stuyvesant (1602-1672) became Dutch Governor of the New Netherlands



The Dutch defeat the Swedes on the Delaware and Stuyvesant took possession of the New Sweden Colony



King Charles II totally ignored any Dutch claims and gave the entire country to his brother James, Duke of York



The Dutch lose New Amsterdam to the British which is re-named as New York, after the Duke of York



1681-1776 - The Quaker Province - William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania



King Charles II of England owed the Quaker, William Penn, £16,000 and when Penn asked the King to grant him land it was granted. The King signed the Charter of Pennsylvania on March 4, 1681. 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 ' meaning woodland together with Penn



Landing of William Penn (1644 - 1718) at New Castle, Delaware



1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba



1763 - 1767: Legal battles were settled by a survey, which resulted in the Mason-Dixon line, surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon



Pontiac's Rebellion. The British treated the former Indian allies of the French like conquered peoples, which prompted the Ottawa Chief Pontiac (1720-1769) to lead a rebellion of a number of tribes against the British



For additional facts and information about Colonial America refer to the Pennsylvania Colony



1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washingtonled the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence)



July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence



July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces



September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain



Statehood - The Date that Pennsylvania was admitted to the Union - December 12, 1787. Constitution - Pennsylvania was the 2nd State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"



The Louisiana Purchase - In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land



1812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence



John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War.



1861 - 1865: The American Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines.

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Origin of the State name - 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 ' meaning woodland together with Penn.
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