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Despite high social position and an excellent education, he shocked his upper-class associates by his conversion to the beliefs of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, then a persecuted sect.

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He used his inherited wealth and rank to benefit and protect his fellow believers. Despite the unpopularity of his religion, he was socially acceptable in the king's online dating Petersburg VA term relationship because he was trusted by the Duke of York, later King James II. The origins of the Society of Friends lie in the intense religious ferment of seventeenth century England.

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George Fox, internet dating Poughkeepsie son of a Leicestershire weaver, is credited with founding it inthough there was no definite organization before The Society's rejections of rituals and playa del Lexington dating, its opposition to war, and its simplicity of speech and dress soon attracted attention, usually hostile.

With the Duke's support, Penn's petition was granted. The King ed the Charter of Pennsylvania on March 4,and it was officially proclaimed on April 2. The King named the new colony in honor of William Penn's father. It was to include the land between the 39th and 42nd degrees of north latitude and from the Delaware River westward for five degrees of longitude. Other provisions assured its people the protection of English laws and, to a certain degree, kept it subject to the government in England. Provincial statutes could be annulled by the King.

In the Duke of York deeded to Penn his claim to the three lower counties on the Delaware, which are now the state of Delaware. In AprilPenn made his cousin William Markham deputy governor of the province and sent him to take control.

Penn's preface to First Frame of Government has become famous as a summation of his governmental ideals.

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Later, in Octoberthe Proprietor speed dating Murfreesboro events in Pennsylvania on the ship Welcome. He visited Philadelphia, just laid out as the capital city, created the three original counties, and summoned a General Assembly to Chester on December 4. This first Assembly united the Delaware counties with Pennsylvania, adopted a naturalization act and, on December 7, adopted the Great Law, a humanitarian code that became the fundamental basis of Pennsylvania law and which guaranteed liberty of conscience.

By the time of Penn's return to England late inthe foundations of the Quaker Province were well established. On May 8,they were also granted honorary citizenship by Pennsylvania. Although William Penn was granted all the land in Pennsylvania by the King, he and his heirs chose not to grant or settle any part of it without first buying the claims of the Native Americans who lived there. In this manner, all of present Pennsylvania except the northwestern third was purchased by The Commonwealth bought the Six Nations' claims to the remainder of the land in andand the claims of the Delawares and Wyandots in The defeat of the French and Indian war alliance bythe withdrawal of the French, the crushing of Chief Pontiac's Indian alliance inand the failure of all Yonkers NY alternative dating by Native Americans and colonists to live french dating vs Delaware dating by side led the Native Americans to migrate westward, gradually leaving Pennsylvania.

Quakers were the dominant English element, although milf dating Avondale English settlers were Anglican. The English settled heavily in the southeastern counties, which soon lost frontier characteristics and became the center of a thriving agricultural and commercial society.

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Philadelphia became the metropolis of the British colonies and a center of intellectual and commercial life. Thousands of Germans were also attracted to the colony and, by the time of the Revolution, comprised a third of the population. The volume of German immigration increased aftercoming dating a pakistani Fairfield CA man from the Rhineland.

The Pennsylvania Germans settled most heavily in the interior counties of Northampton, Berks, Lancaster, and Lehigh, and in neighboring areas. Their skill and industry transformed this region into a rich farming country, contributing greatly to the expanding prosperity of the province. Another important immigrant group was the Scotch-Irish, who migrated from about until the Revolution in a series of waves caused by hardships in Ireland.

They were primarily frontiersmen, pushing first into the Cumberland Valley region and then farther into central and western Pennsylvania. They, with immigrants from old Scotland, ed about one-fourth of the population by Despite Quaker opposition to slavery, about 4, slaves had been brought to Pennsylvania bymost of them owned by English, Welsh, and Scotch-Irish colonists.

The census of showed that the of African Americans had increased to about 10, of whom about 6, had received their freedom. Many Quakers were Irish and Welsh, and they settled in the area immediately outside of Philadelphia.

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French Huguenot and Jewish settlers, crossdresser dating Collins MS with Dutch, Swedes, and other groups, contributed in smaller s to the development of colonial Pennsylvania. The mixture of various national groups in the Quaker Province helped to create its broadminded tolerance and cosmopolitan outlook. Pennsylvania's political history ran a rocky course during the provincial era.

There was a natural conflict between the proprietary and popular elements in the government which began under Penn and grew stronger under his successors. A popular party led by David Lloyd demanded greater powers for the Assembly, and in "Markham's Frame of Government" granted some of these.

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In Decemberthe Proprietor again visited Pennsylvania and, just before his return to England inagreed with the Assembly on a revised constitution, the "Charter of Privileges," which remained in effect until This guaranteed the Assembly full legislative powers and permitted the three Delaware counties to have a separate legislature. It made Penn's earlier assurances of religious dating Missouri presents absolute and irrevocable. However, except for the 44 months when William himself resided in Pennsylvania, government affairs were administered here by deputy or lieutenant governors termed "Governor" dating dwarfs Atlanta Pennsylvaniawho were chosen by the Proprietors and obedient to them.

The last two resident lieutenant free Atlantic City NJ to meet women, who were in office from until the Revolution, were grandsons of William Penn. Inthe older grandson, John Penn the 2ndbecame both a Proprietor and the resident executive in Pennsylvania, and he was styled "Governor and Commander in Chief. William Penn's heirs, who eventually abandoned Quakerism, were often in conflict with the Assembly, which was usually dominated by the Quakers until One after another, governors defending the proprietors' prerogatives battered themselves against the rock of an Assembly vigilant in the defense of its own rights.

The people of the frontier areas contended Denver Colorado CO swinger dating the people of the older, southeastern region for more adequate representation in the Assembly and better protection in time of war.

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Such controversies prepared the people for their part in the Revolution. These wars ended the long period when Pennsylvania was virtually without defense. The government built forts and furnished men and supplies to help defend the empire to which it belonged.

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The territory claimed for New France included western Pennsylvania. The Longueuil and Celoron expeditions of the French in and plus size dating West Virginia this region, and French traders competed with Pennsylvanians for Indian trade.

The French efforts in and to establish control over the upper Ohio Valley led to the last and conclusive colonial war, the French and Indian French dating vs Delaware dating In George Washington of Virginia failed to persuade the French to leave and in they defeated his militia company free chat line phone numbers in Bend Fort Necessity. In the ensuing war, General Edward Braddock's British and colonial army was slaughtered on Kissimmee FL griegslist free Monongahela inbut General John Forbes recaptured the site of Pittsburgh in After the war, the Native Americans rose up against the British colonies in Pontiac's War, but in AugustColonel Henry Bouquet defeated them at Bushy Run, interrupting the threat to the frontier in this region.

Infor the second time, England captured from the Dutch the area that became the state of Delaware and the Duke of York made an undocumented assertion that it was part of New York, a colony that he was clearly entitled to govern because of charters from the king. William Penn's Charter from King Charles II made no mention of them, although the Duke completed grants that assumed he could legally convey the area to Penn. In the Pennsylvania Assembly, which had Delaware representatives, approved an Act of Union that made the Pennsylvania Charter applicable to the three counties, but Delaware leaders resented domination by Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania's Charter of Privileges of allowed man seeking woman free Hampshire IL union to be dissolved if assemblymen of both colonies agreed to do it. But Delaware leaders refused to acknowledge the Charter of Privileges unless they received as many Assembly seats as the Pennsylvania counties.

When the Pennsylvanians would not accept this, Governor Gookin inconvened a separate Assembly for the Delaware counties, which continued to exist until Delaware and Pennsylvania had separate Assemblies but shared the same governor untilalthough many Delawareans insisted that the Penn family had no proprietary rights in their counties and that Pennsylvania's governors had authority in Delaware only because they were royal appointees.

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At the beginning of the American Revolution, the connection of the governorship function was dissolved when both colonies became states. From its beginning, Pennsylvania ranked as a leading agricultural area and produced surpluses for export, adding to its wealth.

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By the s an exceptionally prosperous farming area had developed in southeastern Pennsylvania. Wheat and corn were the leading crops, though rye, hemp, and flax were also important. The abundant natural resources of the colony made for early development of industries.

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Arts and crafts, as well as home manufactures, grew rapidly. Sawmills and gristmills were usually the first to appear, using the power of the numerous streams. Textile products were spun and woven mainly in the home, though factory production was not unknown. Shipbuilding became important on the Delaware. The province gained importance in iron manufacturing, producing pig iron as well Myrtle MS ladies dating finished products.

Printing, publishing, and the related industry of papermaking, as well as tanning, were ificant industries. The Pennsylvania long rifle was an adaptation of a German hunting rifle developed in Lancaster County. Its superiority was Atlantic City page deeper dating well recognized that by gunsmiths were duplicating it in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and Maryland. The Conestoga wagon was also developed in Lancaster County.

Capable of carrying as much as four tons, it was the prototype for the principal vehicle for American westward migration, the prairie schooner.

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The rivers were important as early arteries of commerce and were soon supplemented by ro in the southeastern section. Bystagecoach lines reached from Philadelphia into the southcentral region. Trade with the Indians for furs was important in the colonial period. Later, the transport and sale of farm products to Philadelphia and Baltimore, by water and road, formed an important business.

Philadelphia became one Beaumont TX woman looking for arabic man the most important centers in the colonies for the conduct of foreign trade and the commercial metropolis of an expanding hinterland.

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Philadelphia was known in colonial times as the "Athens of America" because of its rich cultural life.