Major Events in the History of Pennsylvania


Penn Recieves Pennsylvania


On March 4, 1681, King Charles II signed the royal grant that gave William Penn the land of Pennsylvania.

The Seven Years War

1756 - 1763

The Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

The Revolutionary War started in 1775 when Paul Revere took his famous midnight ride and alerted the colonists that the redcoats were attacking. It ended in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris.

The Declaration of Independence


On the fourth of July, 1776, the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.

The Treaty of Paris


The Treaty of Paris was signed.



Pennsylvania is admitted into the Union.

The Louisiana Purchase


In 1803, the US bought the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon for $15,000,000.

The War of 1812

1812 - 1815

The War of 1812 was an attempt by the English to retake the US. Although it ended in a stalemate, it secured the nation's independence.

The Civil War

4/12/1861 - 4/9/1865

The Surrender of Robert E. Lee


When Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865, it signaled the collapse of the confederacy.

The Abolishment of Slavery


The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States constitution is ratified, officially abolishing slavery from the US.

The Spanish American War

12/10/1898 - 1901