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The Colony Of Pennsylvania And Which Colony I Want To Live In

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The colony of Pennsylvania was founded on January 5, 1681 by a man named William Penn. The reason Pennsylvania was founded was for religious freedom, and because William Penn was big in real estate. Pennsylvania’s religion was the Quakers, but the Quakers said that they would tolerate all religions. The major economic factor in the colony of Pennsylvania was agriculture. Wheat and corn were the leading crops, though rye, hemp, and flax were also important (Walter). The basic social structure of Pennsylvania was for the most part domestic servants, and they usually received mild and humane treatment, were instructed in religion and morals, and were not infrequently admitted to the family circle (Population and Social Rank). Slaves were not a part of the Pennsylvania colony. The colonists of Pennsylvania actually spoke against the act of slavery. On the other hand, indentured servants were a part of the colony. They were treated better than slaves, but that is not to say that they were treated the same as the colonists. The political influences of the colonists of Pennsylvania were very limited because they were a royal colony. The daily diet of a Pennsylvanian was a lot of bread. Because wheat and grains were grown so heavily in Pennsylvania and other New England colonies, those colonies came to be known as the bread basket colonies. In the matter of dress - and it bulked large in the precepts of their church - they had been merely admonished to clothe themselves plainly and soberly, and to avoid all appearance of vanity or luxury (Colonial Clothing). The men wore coats, waistcoats, and breeches all made of quality linen that was never rich or extravagant. The women wore a bodice and skirt, which was a gown for the woman. Women played a huge role in the colonial times in Pennsylvania. Things such as candle making, beer brewing, cloth production, cooking, and even bartering to name just a few things that women were able to contribute to the colony. They weren’t just seen as housewives, but almost as equals. History.com has a few interesting facts about colonial Pennsylvania. Here are a few of them:
Named by Governor William Penn after his arrival in the New World in 1682, Philadelphia combined the Greek words for love (phileo) and brother (adelphos), engendering its nickname of “the city of brotherly love.”(Pennsylvania)
Although born in Boston, Philadelphia claims Ben Franklin as one of its sons as the renowned statesman, scientist, writer and inventor moved to the...

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