Lancaster formed from Chester County

The site was settled by John Harris, established as a trading outpost at a point where the Susquehanna River was easily ferried. It was a natural crossroads, being regularly visited by Native American Indian traders. Trails led to both the Ohio River and the Delaware River, as well as other significant destinations. The settlement, known  … Read more

Delaware becomes independent of Pennsylvania.

Queen Anne’s War

King William’s War

New Castle gained land

Philadelphia counties established

Upland County eliminated

William Penn granted land by King Charles II

William Penn was granted the Proprietary Colony of Pennsylvania by King Charles II in 1681. The Colony was formed by parts of earlier grants to Connecticut and Virginia. It also included the original Upland county that had been established by the Swedes on the West side of the Delaware River, as noted in the another  … Read more