Four major Indian groups occupied Pennsylvania at the time of
European arrival: the
the Susquehanna, the Shawnee, and various segments of the Iroquois
Confederacy. Swedes (1643), Dutch (1647), and others were the first
European settlers. The English seized control of the region in 1664,
and in 1681 King Charles II of England signed a charter giving the
. Under Penn's guidance a Quaker colony was established in
1682, based on government by popular will and religious tolerance.
Philadelphia was the seat of the federal government almost
continuously from 1776 to 1800; there the Declaration of Independence
was signed in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution drawn up in 1787.
are made in Easton, PA. Hershey, PA
home to the Hershey Company.
Manufacturer of the # 1 selling candy in the USA, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Makers of Hershey Kisses and many other candies.
Major Rivers: Allegheny River, Susquehanna River, Delaware River, Ohio River.