Pennsylvania History Made Easy
The History of Pennsylvania is as varied as any in
the American experience and reflects the melting pot vision of
the United States.
What do you know about Pennsylvania
history? Try this Pennsylvania History Made
Easy Trivia quiz.
Before Pennsylvania was settled by Europeans, the area was home to the
Delaware (also known as Lenni Lenape), Susquehannock, Iroquois, Eries,
Shawnee and other American Indian tribes. Most of these tribes were
driven off or reduced to remnants as a results of the European
2. The Delaware River watershed was claimed by the
British based on the explorations of in 1497. Who was the explorer?
- John Cabot
- John Q. Reynolds
- James Franklin
3. However, the Dutch thought they also had a
claim, based on the 1609 explorations of Henry Hudson, and under the
auspices of the Dutch West India Company were the first Europeans to
actually occupy the land.
- Mark Amsterdam
- Henry Hudson
- James Erie
4. When did Charles II of England granted a land
tract to William Penn for the area that now includes Pennsylvania>
- February 6, 1681
- March 4, 1681
- March 6, 1681
5. Penn then founded a colony there as a place of
religious freedom for Quakers"woods". What does sylvania
mean in Latin?
- Religious freedom
6. The western portions of Pennsylvania were among
disputed territory between the colonial British and French during the
French and Indian War. The French established numerous fortifications in
the area, including a pivotal fort at the three rivers triangle. What
was the name of the fort?
- Fort La Salle
- Fort Duquesne
- Fort de Franco
7. Delegates met in June in Philadelphia, where
events (the signing of the Declaration of Independence) soon overtook
Assemblymen's efforts to control the delegates and the outcome of their
discussions. On July 8, 1776 attendees elected delegates to write a
state constitution. A Committee was formed with George Bryan and James
Cannon as prominent members. Who was named chair?
- Daniel Morgan
- James Rutherford
- Benjamin Franklin
8. Pennsylvania was the target of several raids by
the Confederate States Army, including cavalry raids. Who did NOT
lead a raid into Pennsylvania?
- J.E.B. Stuart
- John Imboden
- Mark Reynolds
9. In the latter half of the 19th century, the
U.S. oil (kerosene) industry was born in western Pennsylvania, which
supplied the vast majority of U.S. kerosene for years thereafter, and
saw the rise and fall of oil boom towns. Where was oil first discovered?
10. During the Depression, the Commonwealth
attempted to fund public works through passage of the Pennsylvania State
Authority Act in 1936. The Act caused the incorporation of the General
State Authority, which would purchase land from the state and add
improvements to that land using state loans and grants. The state
expected to receive Federal grants and loans to fund the project. The
Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Kelly v Earle, found the Act
violated the state constitution.