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The state named in honor of William Penn, founder of its original colony, was also the site of the first Continental Congress, and is perhaps best known as the place where that subversive document, the Declaration of Independence, was drafted and signed in 1776. In the 19th century, as the Industrial Revolution replaced America's struggle for freedom from British rule, Pennsylvania's contributions to mining, manufacturing, and transportation were significant. And though the coal and petroleum industries have been hit hard in recent years, their production is still central to the state's highly diversified economy.
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Pennsylvania's cities are centers of culture and learning: the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras are highly regarded throughout the country; the Andrew Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia Museum of Art curate major traveling exhibitions year-round, in addition to housing their own impressive permanent art collections; and Carnegie-Mellon, Villanova, and Lehigh Universities are just a few of the respected names in American higher education. Add this to the bucolic scenery of Pennsylvania's green valleys, rich farmland, and mountain ranges, and it's no wonder that it's the fifth most populated state in the nation.

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