Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Philadelphia's history is deeply entwined with America's revolutionary period, the home to luminary Benjamin Franklin and the site of significant civic development for the then-fledgling nation. The land changed hands repeatedly, first inhabited by the Lenape tribe before being seized by Dutch, Swedish and Finnish settlers. After several periods of conflict between these north European states, the territory was conquered by England. William Penn was awarded a charter for the region, but decided to still seek the approval of the local Lenape chief. As a Quaker, Penn had experienced religious discrimination, and pushed for religious tolerance in the new city whose Greek name translated to brotherly love. Philadelphia was instrumental to the early days of America, Independence Hall the site of the constitutional convention and signing of the declaration of independence. Notable resident Benjamin Franklin also made his mark on the civic landscape of America, founding the town's fire department and the colonies' first hospital. Today, the city is a historical landmark for those who want to connect with the landscape of America's revolution.