Pennsylvania, The Keystone State

Pennsylvania, The Keystone State

by Sandra Merville Hart Pennsylvania is known as the Keystone State because it was key to important ways the United States developed economically, politically, and socially. It was also the middle colony in the thirteen original colonies. In architecture, keystone describes the stone in the center of an arch – important because it holds all the arch’s stones in place. Pennsylvania’s early years In 1681, England’s King Charles II gave the area we know as Pennsylvania to William Penn because of a debt owed to his father. William, a Quaker, had a good relationship with the Native Americans.  Pennsylvania played an important part in Revolutionary War In 1774, Philadelphia hosted the First Continental Congress. The Second Continental Congress officially...

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