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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

Social History

In the colony of Pennsylvania were located many diverse ethnic groups, but only three main ones. These were the English, who settled in the east, the Scotch-Irish, who settled in the west, and the Germans, who settled in between the two. William Penn had promised religious toleration and participation in lawmaking to anyone who wished to settle there. In response to his advertisements, many English, Welsh, and Dutch Quakers quickly migrated to the colony. They settled much of the area within 40 km of modern day Philadelphia. This was in the period from 1682 to the 1700ís. Early in the 1700ís a large influx of Germans arrived, many of them members of such persecuted religious groups as the Amish, Mennonites, and Schwenkfeldians, followers of Kaspar Schwenkfeld von Ossig, a dissident 16th-century theologian.  This group of people settled between the Blue Mountains and Philadelphia. (a off topic but interesting fact arises here. The area the Germans sett...

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