William Pennsylvania In The 18th Century

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Pennsylvania, chartered in 1682, was a colony with the goal of religious freedom, successful economy, ethnic and racial diversity. Pennsylvania was the meeting point for many conventions and signings throughout history, especially during the time of the American Revolution. Many leaders from this colony contributed greatly to America and what it is today, despite some resistance from other significant figures. As a whole, Pennsylvania was in agreement with uniting with the other 12 colonies and ratifying the Constitution due to Philadelphia’s large role as a central city for conventions in addition to many valued pro-independence political figures coming from this colony. Pennsylvania was founded on the basis of equality and justice. William Penn, proprietor of this colony, was a Quaker who strived to build a religiously free colony, where anybody who had monotheistic beliefs was free to come—even if they were not deeply religious. Their goal was …show more content…

Many revolutionary leaders came from Pennsylvania, including Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris and John Dickinson. Additionally, James Smith, a lawyer from Pennsylvania, who had a position in the Continental Congress, had a large impact on unification. He was one of the many politicians from this colony to write essays and have debates about the “proper relationship with the British” (Sowards). Not only did Pennsylvania send delegates to the Continental Congress, but also, Philadelphia was the host city of important assemblies, which led to be the meeting point of future gatherings concerning the revolution and independence, including the Declaration of Independence. Although the majority of the colony was pro-revolution and supported unification, Pennsylvania still had some delegates who held back from supporting independence (“The American Revolution”). The resistance from these delegates didn’t stop Pennsylvania from being an anti-British

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