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Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

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History of Pennsylvania

Although many people don’t know this, Pennsylvania actual began in 1681 by the revered William Penn. This happened when he received a royal charter from the king of England – King Charles II. However, there was activity and development in the area prior to this.. it just wasn’t famous yet. Pennsylvania became colonized by Swedish and Dutch settlers in the 17th century, and water later taken over in 1667. The chief city Philadelphia was actually the first ‘planned’ city – and was controlled by the Quakers. Eventually, in the 18th century many German and Scottish came to the area.

Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital for a portion of the 18th century and continued into the 20th century. Surpringly in todays statistics, Pennsylvania was the second most popular state and Philly was the 2nd most popular city. It’s kind of weird now considering places like New York City and Los Angeles have taken that over. There’s also Austin, Texas – but that’s so far away.

Scranton Pennsylvania

Located in the North East, Scranton is known as the electric city.

According to the Jesuit Relation of 1635, the Wyoming Valley was inhabited by the Scahentoarrhonon people, an Iroquoian-speaking group; it was then known as the Scahentowanen Valley. By 1744 it was inhabited by Lenape, Mahican, Shawnee and others who had been pushed out of eastern areas by the Iroquois Confederacy. From the 1740s to the 1760s, the valley was the site of Moravian mission work among the Native Americans living there. They envisioned a settlement for Christian Indians. But the violence of the French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years’ War, drove these settlers away with David Zeisberger, the Moravian “Apostle to the Indians.”

Harvey’s Lake Pennsylvania

Harveys Lake is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Back Mountain, a 118 square mile region in northern Luzerne County. The lake was named after Benjamin Harvey, who founded the borough in 1781 and was a member of the Sons of Liberty, an eminent colonial-era group that eventually defeated the notion of Great Britain’s Stamp Act. The borough population was 2,791 at the 2010 census.

Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre is definitely one of the more known cities in Pennsylvania because of all there is to do. Just check out things to do in Wilkes-Barre for an idea! From going camping, checking out the amazing variety of restaurants and culture, to the Kirby Theater, there is always something fun to do.

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