History of Pennsylvania

Iroquois Indian

This illustrated article provides interesting facts, information and a history timeline of the Native American Indians of Pennsylvania.

The climate, land, history, environment and natural resources that were available to the indigenous Indian tribes in Pennsylvania resulted in the adoption of the Northeast Woodlands culture.

Discover the history, interesting facts and information about the way of life of the Pennsylvania Indians before the arrival of the white European settlers and colonists.

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History of Pennsylvania Indians
Factors that contributed to the history of the state are detailed in the History Timeline. The history timeline shows the impact of the new comers to the state.

Stone Age History of Pennsylvania
The American Native Indians who lived in what is now the present state of Pennsylvania led a Stone Age lifestyle - they only had stone tools and weapons, had never seen a horse and had no knowledge of the wheel. The history of the Pennsylvania Indians are detailed in this article.

Map of Pennsylvania
The map of Pennsylvania provides a bird's eye view of the location of the tribal territories and homelands of the Pennsylvania Indians in relation to the present day United States of America. The map indicates the location of the State and the American Native Indians of Pennsylvania.

 

State Map of Pennsylvania

State Map showing location of Pennsylvania Indians

State Map showing location of Pennsylvania Indians

 

Names of the Pennsylvania Indian Tribes
Pennsylvania is a a state of the Northeastern US. There are many famous Native American tribes who played a part in the history of the state and whose tribal territories and homelands are located in the present day state of Pennsylvania. The names of the Pennsylvania tribes included the Lenapi Delaware, Erie, Honniasont, Iroquois, Saponi, Shawnee, Susquehanna, Tuscarora, Tutelo and Wenrohronon.

History of Pennsylvania Indians - The French Indian Wars
The
French and Indian Wars (1688 - 1763) was a generic names for a series of wars, battles and conflicts involving the French colonies in Canada and Louisiana and the 13 British colonies, which included Pennsylvania, consisting of King William's War (1688-1699), Queen Anne's War (1702-1713), King George's War (1744 - 1748) and the French and Indian War aka the Seven Years War (1754-1763). Various Pennsylvania Indian tribes were allied to the French and British colonies during the French Indian Wars which raged for nearly 75 years.

Fast Facts about the History of Pennsylvania Indians
The way of life and history of Pennsylvania Indians was dictated by the natural raw materials available in the State of Pennsylvania. The natural resources and materials available provided the food, clothing and houses of the Pennsylvania Indians. Fast facts about the history, culture and life of the State of Pennsylvania Indians. Discover facts and information about the history of the State of Pennsylvania Indians.

  • Name of State: Pennsylvania
  • Meaning of State name: King Charles II of England specified in the charter given to William Penn that the name should be Pennsylvania. This is a combination of the Latin word ' Sylvania ' meaning woodland together with Penn
  • Geography, Environment and Characteristics of the State of Pennsylvania: Mountains, coastal plain and plateau areas to Lake Erie lowlands
  • Culture adopted by Pennsylvania Indians: Northeast Woodlands Cultural Group
  • Languages: Iroquoian and Algonquian
  • Way of Life (Lifestyle): Hunter-gatherers, farmers, fishers, trappers
  • Types of housing, homes or shelters: Wigwams (aka Birchbark houses) and Longhouses

History Timeline of the Pennsylvania Indians
The history and the way of life of Pennsylvania Indians was profoundly affected by newcomers to the area. The indigenous people had occupied the land thousands of years before the first European explorers arrived. The Europeans brought with them new ideas, customs, religions, weapons, transport (the horse and the wheel), livestock (cattle and sheep) and disease which profoundly affected the history of the Native Indians. For a comprehensive History timeline regarding the early settlers and colonists refer to the
Colonial America Time Period. The history of the State and of its Native American Indians is detailed in a simple History Timeline. This Pennsylvania Indian History Timeline provides a list detailing dates of conflicts, wars and battles involving Pennsylvania Indians and their history. We have also detailed major events in US history which impacted the history of the Pennsylvania Indians.

Pennsylvania History Timeline

History Timeline of the Native Indians of Pennsylvania

10,000 BC: Paleo-Indian Era (Stone Age culture) the earliest human inhabitants of America who lived in caves and were Nomadic hunters of large game including the Great Mammoth and giant bison.

7000 BC: Archaic Period in which people built basic shelters and made stone weapons and stone tools

1000 AD: Woodland Period - homes were established along rivers and trade exchange systems and burial systems were established

1688: 1688 - 1763 The French and Indian Wars between France and Great Britain for lands in North America consisting of King William's War (1688-1699), Queen Anne's War (1702-1713), King George's War (1744 - 1748) and the French and Indian War aka the Seven Years War (1754-1763)

1754: 1754 - 1763: The French Indian War is won by Great Britain against the French so ending the series of conflicts known as the French and Indian Wars

1763: 1763-1675 - Pontiac's Rebellion, Chief Pontiac's tries to force British out of the West, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

1763: Treaty of Paris

1774: Lord Dunmore's War. Governor Dunmore commanded a force to defeat the Shawnee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, down the Ohio River.

1775: 1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution.

1776: July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence

1803: The United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France for 15 million dollars for the land

1812: 1812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence

1830: Indian Removal Act

1832: Department of Indian Affairs established

1861: 1861 - 1865: The American Civil War.

1862: U.S. Congress passes Homestead Act opening the Great Plains to settlers

1865: The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy

1887: Dawes General Allotment Act passed by Congress leads to the break up of the large Indian Reservations and the sale of Indian lands to white settlers

1969: All Indians declared citizens of U.S.

1979: American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed

History Timeline of the Native Indians of Pennsylvania

State of Pennsylvania History Timeline

History of Pennsylvania Indians - Destruction and Decline
The history of the European invasion brought epidemic diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, measles and smallpox. The Native Indians of Pennsylvania had not developed immunities against these diseases resulting in huge losses in population. Exploitation including the leverage of taxes, enforced labor and enslavement were part of their history, taking their toll on the Pennsylvania Indians.

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  • History of Pennsylvania Indians
  • Interesting Facts and information about the Pennsylvania Culture and History
  • Names of indigenous Pennsylvania tribes of Indians
  • Fast Facts, History Timeline and info
  • Map of Pennsylvania
  • History Timeline of the Pennsylvania Indians

State of Pennsylvania Indians - Additional Pictures and Videos
State of Pennsylvania Indian History. Discover the vast selection of pictures and videos of Native Americans. The pictures show the clothing, weapons and decorations of various Native American tribes that can be used as an educational history resource for kids and children. We hope that this article on the History of Pennsylvania Indians  will assist in your studies or homework and that you will enjoy watching the videos featuring many pictures of the Native Americans. A great historical educational resource for kids on the subject of the History of Pennsylvania Indians..

 

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