Outline of Pennsylvania Article

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the United States Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous of the 50 states of the United States of America. Pennsylvania lies west of the Delaware River in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

King Charles II of England granted William Penn a charter for a Colony of Pennsylvania in 1681. Philadelphia, the capital of the colony, soon rose to become the most populous city of British America. As Britain attempted to tighten its grip on its American colonies, many prominent Pennsylvanians called for greater independence for British America. The upper and lower counties of Pennsylvania (now known as Delaware) joined eleven other British colonies in declaring their autonomy with signing of the United States Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

The newly independent state chose the moniker "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" as a token of its prominence and autonomy in the Americas. The American states prevailed in the American War of Independence which concluded with the Treaty of Paris of 1783. The Constitution of the United States was written in convention at Philadelphia in 1787. The State of Delaware and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania became the first two states to ratify the new Constitution, thus Pennsylvania is ranked as the second state to join the Union.

General reference

An enlargeable map of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Geography of Pennsylvania

Geography of Pennsylvania

Places in Pennsylvania

Places in Pennsylvania

Environment of Pennsylvania

Natural geographic features of Pennsylvania

Regions of Pennsylvania

Administrative divisions of Pennsylvania

An enlargeable map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Demography of Pennsylvania

Demographics of Pennsylvania

Government and politics of Pennsylvania

Politics of Pennsylvania

Branches of the government of Pennsylvania

Government of Pennsylvania

Executive branch of the government of Pennsylvania

Legislative branch of the government of Pennsylvania

Judicial branch of the government of Pennsylvania

Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

Law and order in Pennsylvania

Law of Pennsylvania

Military in Pennsylvania

Local government in Pennsylvania

Local government in Pennsylvania

History of Pennsylvania

History of Pennsylvania

History of Pennsylvania, by period

History of Pennsylvania, by region

By county

By municipality

History of Pennsylvania, by subject

Culture of Pennsylvania

Culture of Pennsylvania

The Arts in Pennsylvania

Sports in Pennsylvania

Sports in Pennsylvania

Economy and infrastructure of Pennsylvania

Economy of Pennsylvania

Education in Pennsylvania

Education in Pennsylvania

See also

References

  1. ^ Barry Popik, Smoky City, barrypopik.com website, March 27, 2005
  2. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts Pennsylvania".

External links

Wikimedia Atlas of Pennsylvania