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The two key states in this drama were Virginia and Pennsylvania. The former, Virginia, initially claimed all of the land west of it all the way to the Mississippi River, with the Ohio River as its northern border. On the other hand, Pennsylvania, founded by the orderly and pacifist William Penn, defined itself as a rectangle (except where geographical ...


Some colonies, including Virginia, claimed all land to their west. Other states, including Pennsylvania, had defined western boundaries: Ever since the proprietary grant to William Penn in 1681, the border between Virginia and Pennsylvania had depended upon defining the eastern edge of Pennsylvania. Once that eastern edge of Pennsylvania was ...

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