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Colonial Pennsylvania- Hailey Seamon

An accurate presentation explaining the basic history of colonial Pennsylvania.
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on 17 September 2012

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Colonial Pennsylvania The land was given to William Penn in 1681, and he stepped foot onto it in 1682. He named it Pennsylvania after his last name, and it means "Penn's Woods." Pennsylvania is in a region of middle colonies. The purpose of the colony was to be a refuge for Quakers to escape persecution. The Founding Colonial Pennsylvania was a successful colony. Being founded, its purpose was to be refuge for Quakers to find peace. The economy was well enough to support the region with farming and lumber industries. The Frame of Government system worked well for Pennsylvania while it was used. Daily life was much like any other settlement or colony, were women cared for household chores and children and men tended to rougher physical work. The Quaker religion impacted the way of life during the colonial period. As Pennsylvania was growing bigger and improving, it underwent changes that formed how Pennsylvania is today. Summary When Pennsylvania was colonized, it's purpose was to act as a place of free worship. The daily lifestyle of an average settler was like many others. Women would stay at home and cook and clean for the children, and then knit luxuries such as sheets, curtains, and quilts. The men would often carve wooden objects such as more tools, basic household necessities, and toys for the children. Children did small chores life fetching the water pail, helping to cook, and other basic tasks. Daily Life Economy During the colonial period, colonies needed as much economical growth as possible to maintain and support a growing community. The fertile soil allowed exports of grain and flour. When some of the huge forest expanse was cleared to make farms, the extra wood was sold as lumber to other colonies or shipped to England. They were also relied on for the gristmills, sawmills, and textile industries. The economy was good enough to sustain a well-rounded colony. Government The government was established in 1682. Penn formed a system called Frame of Government, consisting of an elected Governer called a propietor, a Provincial Council of seventy-two people, and a General Assembly. The General Assembly was not very powerful despite how large and repetitive it is. The main purpose of the colony of Pennsylvania was to act as a refuge for Quakers to escape persecution. Any religion was accepted but people still let religious differences get between people. The Quakers believed that worship should not be held in a church, but instead in their own homes. Quakers also refused to support any military. They believed that everyone could be saved by the inner light of the god of light and love. Religion a middle colony
Q: What are three unique qualities about this colony that would draw families from Europe to live here?
A: One example a European family might like to live in this colony would be to flee from the judgement of religions that frowned upon Quakers. Another reason is because war would be less of an issue for families. Since Quakers dominated the colony, war was frowned upon due to religious beliefs. Last, the free land made it easy to settle in a new country and start a family in America. Questions and Answers
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