PA History By jsabol4 Oct 24, 1644 The Birth William Penn was born in London Mar 4, 1681 The Signing The King signed the Charter of Pennsylvania to Penn. Dec 4, 1682 The Visit. He visited Philadelphia, just laid out as the capital city, created the three original counties, and summoned a General Assembly to Chester. Jun 21, 1753 The War. The French efforts to establish control over the upper Ohio Valley led to the last and conclusive war, the French and Indian War. Nov 24, 1768 The Natives. Penn and his heirs chose not to grant or settle any part of it witout first buying the claims of the Natives Americans who lived there. Mar 15, 1776 The Largest. The province of Pennsylvania had become the third largest English colony in America, though next to the last to be founded. May 8, 1985 The Good. Penn and his wife were honorary citizens of the United States and were granted honorary citizenship of Pennsylvania.