Pennsylvania History Timeline

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

  1498Italian explorer John Cabot ( Giovanni Caboto ) explores the coast for the English  
     
  1524Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano ( 1485 - 1528 ) explores the Carolina coast for France  
     
  1608Captain John Smith (1580-1631) maps the coast from Virginia up the Susquehanna River 
     
  1609Henry Hudson (1565-1611) English and navigator employed by the Dutch explores the area  
     
  1610Captain Samuel Argall, an English sea captain, names the bay after Lord De La Warr, the governor of Virginia 
     
  16381638-1655 - Swedish settlers set up the first settlement 
     
  1638Swedish settlement led by Peter Minuet starting the the New Sweden Colony 
     
  1646Peter Stuyvesant (1602-1672) became Dutch Governor of the New Netherlands 
     
  1655The Dutch defeat the Swedes on the Delaware and Stuyvesant took possession of the New Sweden Colony 
     
  1664King Charles II totally ignored any Dutch claims and gave the entire country to his brother James, Duke of York 
     
  1664The Dutch lose New Amsterdam to the British which is re-named as New York, after the Duke of York 
     
  16811681-1776 - The Quaker Province - William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania 
     
  1681King 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 
     
  1682Landing of William Penn (1644 - 1718) at New Castle, Delaware 
     
  17561756 - 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 
     
  17631763 - 1767: Legal battles were settled by a survey, which resulted in the Mason-Dixon line, surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon 
     
  1764Pontiac'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 
     
  17751775 - 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 Washington led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence) 
     
  1776July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence 
     
  1778July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces 
     
  1783September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain 
     
  1787Statehood - 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" 
     
  1803The 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 
     
  18121812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence 
     
  1859John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War. 
     
  18611861 - 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. 
     
  1865The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy 
     
  18651865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery 
     
  1865The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy 
     
  18981898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines. 
     
Pennsylvania History Timeline

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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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