Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia and the World

Photograph of Chinatown Friendship Gate in Chinatown, PhiladelphiaChinatown Friendship Gate (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

From its origins as a series of settlements at the edge of the Atlantic World to the age of international air travel, Greater Philadelphia has been a crossroads of global interaction and exchange. With a diverse population from the start, inhabited by Native Americans and then colonized by Dutch, Swedes, Englishmen, Germans, and Africans, the region has been reshaped and reinvigorated by more than three centuries of new waves of immigration. Networks of transportation, communication, travel, trade, and culture link the region to the world.

Topics: Global Connections and Impact

Gallery: Global Connections and Impact

Timeline: Global Connections and Impact

Map: Global Connections and Impact

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