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The State of Pennsylvania, with a population of 12.763.536 (2012 data) is located in the northeastern region of the United States, between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

It borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York State to the north, New Jersey to the east, and to the northwest with Canada and Lake Erie.

It is the 33rd largest state, the sixth most populous and the ninth most densely populated of the 50 American states. The 4 most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Erie. The capital is Harrisburg.

The name Pennsylvania means "Penn’s Wood”, Ie the woods of Penn. In fact, originally Pennsylvania was nothing more than a patch of wooded land donated to the Quaker William penn by King Charles II of England, in payment of a debt, in 1681.

The state of Pennsylvania has also been known since 1802 as Keystone, keystone, for a couple of reasons. First of all because of its position in the 13 central colonies that originally formed the United States, but above all because of the numerous important American documents that have been signed in this state (see the declaration of independence in Philadelphia). It is also an economic keystone, thanks to industry in the north and agriculture in the south.

Historical notes

Prior to European colonization, Pennsylvania, as well as the rest of America, was inhabited by various Native American tribes, much of which were later hunted or relegated to meager tracts of land as a result of European colonization.

It was colonized by the Dutch and the Swedes and the former especially brought slaves to the colony.

In 1664 the British took over the colony and control of New Holland followed. Quaker William Penn established a colony based on religious tolerance and its capital, Philadelphia, was populated by many Quakers.

In the mid-eighteenth century, the colony attracted many German and Irish-Scottish immigrants. Towards the end of the century there was the largest ethnic group from the British Isles before the War of the American Revolution.

Do not miss

Philadelphia is certainly a stop that must not be missed in the travel itinerary of those visiting the USA. A city rich in history, it is only two hours from New York, so you can easily insert this tour into your trip to discover the places that have made the history of the United States.


Pennsylvania is the birthplace of many famous people, actors, musicians, artists, athletes, scientists, politicians.
Just to give an example, let's remember the actors Kevin Bacon, Will Smith, Richard Gere, Bill CosbyI was born in Philadelphia and the singer Christina Aguilera in Pittsburgh.
Among the films set in Pennsylvania, precisely in Lancaster County, stands out "girls interrupted" with Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder.

ABNAMED: “The Keystone State”
ORIGIN NAME: “Selva di Penn”, this is how the wooded territory ceded in 1681 by the English Crown to William Penn was called.
CAPITAL: Harrisburg
OTHER CITIES': Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
MEMBER UNION FROM: 12 December 1787 (2nd estate)
POPULATION: 11.994.016
POOR PEOPLE: 10,9 % water content
MOTTO: “Virtue, liberty and independence”
TREE: Hemlock
BIRD: Ruffed Grouse
FLOWER: Mountain Laurel
SONG: Pennsylvania
FLAG: The flag of the State of Pennsylvania is made up of a blue background. An act of the general assembly of June 13, 1907, standardized the flag and required that the blue shield meet the blue of the Old Glory.
- AGRICULTURE: Dairy products, poultry, livestock, mushrooms, pigs, hay.
- INDUSTRY : Transformation of food products, chemicals, electrical equipment, tourism.
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