Pennsylvania in the American Revolution

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Washington Crossing the Delaware, an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by artist Emanuel Leutze, dramatizing and symbolically representing George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in December, 1776.

Pennsylvania was the site of key events and places related to the American Revolution; the state, and especially the city of Philadelphia, played a critical role in the American Revolution.

Founding Father Robert Morris said, "You will consider Philadelphia, from its centrical situation, the extent of its commerce, the number of its artificers, manufactures and other circumstances, to be to the United States what the heart is to the human body in circulating the blood."[1]

Join, or Die by Benjamin Franklin, published in The Pennsylvania Gazette was the first political cartoon in America[2]



The March to Valley Forge (1883), famous painting by William Trego - part of the collection of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

Key events[edit]

Key historical sites, museums, and institutions[edit]

The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Significant documents originating in Pennsylvania during the Revolution[edit]

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  1. ^ Weigley, RF et al. (eds): (1982), Philadelphia: A 300-Year History, New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN 0-393-01610-2. page 134.
  2. ^ "Today in History: January 17". Library of Congress. Retrieved December 8, 2006.

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