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View of Philadelphia, Circa 1770
Philadelphia, site of both Continental Congresses, was one of the largest and most advanced cities in America in the 18th century. This print from the 1770s, probably made shortly before the start of the American War of Independence, depicts Philadelphia as a European port city, with substantial buildings along a busy waterfront. The caption at the bottom reads, in German and in French: “Philadelphia, the capital of the North American province of Pennsylvania, which was founded by William Penn (who was granted the entire province by King Charles II of ...
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