This Day in History: December 12, 1787
Pennsylvania, The Keystone State, The Quaker State
Pennsylvania is one of the thirteen original colonies. The Dutch and the English claimed both sides of the Delaware River as part of their colonial lands in America. The Dutch were the first to take possession, which had an impact on the history of Pennsylvania. The Founding Fathers of the United States convened in Philadelphia, were responsible for drawing up the Declaration of Independence and later the Articles of Confederation that formed 13 independent colonies into a new nation. Pennsylvania became the 2nd state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 12, 1787, five days after Delaware became the first. Philadelphia served as the nation’s capitol for ten years while Federal City (now Washington, D.C.) was under construction. The state capital is Harrisburg
The Keystone State embodies large cities and small towns, where tradition thrives, Nittany Lions roar, and freedom rings. It’s where the first football game was played and the bloodiest Civil War battle was fought. Where American Independence began and America’s westward expansion commenced. Whether you prefer cheese steak or chocolate, Andy Warhol or Rocky Balboa, Pennsylvania has something for everyone!