Education in colonial Pennsylvania did not have a common system such as in New England, and was more focused on practical education. The first public school in the American Colonies was founded by the Quakers in Philadel... More »

The social and political structure of the New England colonies was shaped primarily by the harsh geography and the strict Puritan religion of the first English colonists who settled there. Despite seeming handicaps, this... More »

The prevailing religion of the New England Colonies was Christianity, but along markedly different lines to the Anglican Church (or Church of England) that the settlers had fled. The Puritan approach to Christianity was ... More »

Natural resources, agriculture, manufacturing, commerce and transportation were some of the elements underlying the economy of colonial Pennsylvania. The colony, founded by William Penn in order to promote religious libe... More »

Hard work in the farming, forestry or mineral mining industries filled most days in the Pennsylvania colony. It held a diverse population that was religiously pious and hard working. More »

Wheat and corn farming were very prosperous in colonial Pennsylvania, according to historian Rickie Lazzerini. Rye, hemp and flax were also grown. Pennsylvania's abundant natural resources also helped fuel iron productio... More »

The colony of Pennsylvania was founded in 1682 by William Penn. By 1700, Pennsylvania was the third-richest colony in the New World as well as the third-largest colony. More »