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Martin Bruckner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834695

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838723_bruckner

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Building Urban Spaces for the Interior Thomas Penn and the Colonization of Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania

Building Urban Spaces for the Interior Thomas Penn and the Colonization of Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania

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(p.306) Building Urban Spaces for the Interior Thomas Penn and the Colonization of Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania
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Early American Cartographies
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Martin Brückner

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807838723_bruckner.14

This chapter discusses Governor James Hamilton's westward journey from Philadelphia and across the Susquehanna River into the colony's interior to visit the new town of Carlisle, a village he had assisted the colony's proprietor, Thomas Penn, in founding. Upon his return, Hamilton noted that Carlisle had “exceeded my Expectations in all respects.” Although the 312 lots of the town's recently surveyed grid were mostly vacant and its population was too small and “poor” to “think of building a Court House or Market for some time,” he saw significant signs that Carlisle would not only persist but thrive. With “near fifty Houses” already “built and building,” the town's first colonists, Hamilton noted, were rapidly constructing an urban infrastructure.

Keywords:   Governor James Hamilton, Susquehanna River, Carlisle, Thomas Penn, first colonists, urban infrastructure

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