Revolutionary War Philadelphia Was the Capital of the 13 United Colonies
Revolutionary War Philadelphia was the home of both the
First Continental Congress
- which met in
Second Continental Congress
- which adopted the
Declaration of Independence
on July 4, 1776, in what we now know as
- but, at the time. was known as the Pennsylvania State House.
But Revolutionary War Philadelphia was also occupied by the British, between September 1777 and June 1778, while General George Washington and his Continental Army suffered in the cold at Valley Forge – one of the key events in the legend of Washington’s legacy. Significant Revolutionary War battles took place nearby Philadelphia, such as Germantown (then the countryside), Brandywine, and Trenton. In addition, the armies moved frequently through the region, and there are many historic sites to visit.
Added, Monday, July 26, 2010...
When British General Sir William Howe occupied the city from September 1777 to June 1778, he ordered a census taken. As a result, we know today that 23,734 people lived in the city, with5,395 buildings. Washington at Whitemarsh - Prelude to Valley Forge by Ray Thompson, page 17...