History of Pittsburgh, PA

History is an important aspect of the society. Pittsburgh is located in Pennsylvania, United States of America at the confluence of Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. The city was founded on November 27, 1758, by George Washington. Washington during his visit to the area in 1753 noticed the area was suitable for Fort building. This made the French site a Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh) in 1754. At this time, there was an ongoing conflict between the British and French. When the war ended, the Fort was burned down and the British built Fort Pitts from the ruins of Duquesne. Settlers moved into Fort Pitts and established the city. Thereafter, the name was changed to Pittsburgh in 1764. The early settlers were Algonquian and Iroquoian speaking people. The area played important roles in other wars involving the USA (American Revolution, etc). Visit this link for more information.

Economy Growth

The location of Pittsburgh increased its growth economically. The city has a large amount of natural resources especially steel. During the late 19th century, the city had gained another name ‘Steel/Iron City”. Furthermore, the completion of the Pennsylvania Canal and Portage Railroad in 1834 expanded the growth rapidly through shipping and other trade relationships. Read about Fun Facts about Pittsburgh, PA here.