Becoming a Member:
The Society of Colonial Wars is instituted to perpetuate the memory of events in American Colonial History, and of the men who, in military and naval service, and in civil positions of trust and responsibility, by their acts or counsels assisted in the establishment, defense, and preservation of the American Colonies, and who were, in truth, the founders of the Nation.Read More
Pennsylvania History Overview:
Before European settlement, Pennsylvania was inhabited by many Indian tribes, including the Erie, Honniasont, Huron, Iroquois (especially Seneca and
Oneida), Leni Lenape, Munsee, Shawnee, Susquehannock, and unknown others.
King Charles II of England owed $80,000 to Admiral Sir William Penn. In 1681, as payment for the debt, the king granted what is today Pennsylvania to
the admiral's son, also named William Penn. Penn named the territory New Wales. A Welsh member of England's Privy Council objected, so Penn called it
Sylvania (woods). The king changed the name to Pennsylvania, in honor of the admiral.
The founding of Pennsylvania, about 40,000 square miles, was confirmed to William Penn under the Great Seal on January 5, 1681. Penn induced people
to emigrate, the terms being 40 shillings per hundred acres, and "shares" of 5,000 acres for 100 pounds. These generous terms induced many to set out for
the New World. READ MORE
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