The state of Pennsylvania, full name Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is located in the northeastern region of the United States of America. It is bordered by Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Canada. Although it is the 33rd largest state in the country it is the 6th largest state by population with an estimated 12.7 million people. The largest city in the state is Philadelphia with about 6 million people residing within the metropolitan area. The state of Pennsylvania played host to many of the important events in early US history. Let’s take a look a brief history of the formation of the state Pennsylvania.
When did Pennsylvania become a state?
Pennsylvania was a part of many of the events that led to the formation of the United States. It was the site of the first and second Continental Congresses. During the Second Continental Congress the Declaration of Independence was created and signed. After independence had been achieved the Constitution was adopted in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The state of Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 colonies that formed the United States, but it officially became a state on December 12, 1787. On this date Pennsylvania ratified the U.S. Constitution and was the second state to do this, 5 days after Delaware had ratified the Constitution.
Did you know?
Pennsylvania is one of the four states that have the formal title of commonwealth. However, this is simply a formal name from history and has no real impact.
Who Built Independence Hall (formerly known as Pennsylvania State House)