8SUMMER RERUN: FUN WITH MAPS ISSUE 2024-113

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 18, 2024) – Steve Kovacs is on a summer sojourn throughout this week of June 17-21, 2024. Not to worry, Loveland Beacon FEATURE will publish “summer reruns” daily until his return with fresh new FwM FEATURES Monday, June 24th.  Today we review the fact (originally published here on this date in 2020) it was a writer who had a way with words … of many languages who founded Pennsylvania.

THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE WAS FOUNDED BY WILLIAM PENN 338 YEARS AGO. 

William Penn, a Londoner originally, founded the Province of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia as its seat. 

He was a well-educated writer, and he used his knowledge of classical languages in naming both the future state and city.  Pennsylvania loosely means Penn’s Woods (sylvania is Latin for forest land) while Philadelphia means brotherly love in ancient Greek.  

Philadelphia gave us many firsts: first US capital, first library, first hospital, first zoo, to name a few.  This map of the city is by Mitchell and was published on the 100th birthday of the US.   

Philadelphia – 1876 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.  Be sure to visit his antique map boutique:  world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon