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Michael Bezallion was the first to describe the forks of the Ohio in a manuscript, and later that year European fur traders established area posts and settlements.
General John Forbes finally took the forks in Forbes began construction on Fort Pittnamed after William Pitt the Elder while the settlement was named "Pittsborough".
Fort Pitt is notable as the site of an early use of smallpox for biological warfare. Lord Jeffery Amherst ordered blankets contaminated from smallpox victims to be distributed in to the tribes surrounding the fort.
The disease spread into other areas, infected other tribes, and killed hundreds of thousands. By the terms of the Treaty of Fort Stanwixthe Penns were allowed to purchase the modern region from the Iroquois.
A survey referenced the future city as the "Manor of Pittsburgh". On March 8, Bedford County, Pennsylvania was created to govern the frontier.
On April 16,the city's first civilian local government was created as Pitt Township.
One of its earliest industries was boat building for settlers of the Pgh city paper Country. InThomas Viceroy completed a town plan which was approved by the Penn family attorney.
Pittsburgh became a possession of Pgh city paper in The following year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was started, and inthe Pittsburgh Academy was chartered. Unrest during the Whiskey Rebellion of resulted in federal troops being sent to the area.
Byglass manufacture began, while the population grew to around 1, Settlers came via routes over the Appalachian Mountains or through the Great Lakes.
Fort Pitt now Pittsburgh at the source of the Ohio River became the main base for settlers moving into the Northwest Territory. ByPittsburgh was producing significant quantities of iron, brass, tin, and glass.
On March 18,the year-old local government became a city. It was served by numerous river steamboats, that increased trading traffic on the rivers. In the s, many Welsh people from the Merthyr steelworks immigrated to the city following the aftermath of the Merthyr Rising.
By the s, Pittsburgh was one of the largest cities west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Great Fire of Pittsburgh destroyed over a thousand buildings in The city rebuilt with the aid of Irish immigrants who came to escape the Great Famine. ByPittsburgh's 1, factories were consuming 22 million coal bushels yearly.
Coal mining and iron manufacturing attracted waves of European immigrants to the area, increasingly from southern and eastern Europe, and including many Catholics and Jews. While Pennsylvania had been established as a free state after the Revolution, enslaved African Americans sought freedom here through escape as refugees from the South, or occasionally fleeing from travelers they were serving who stayed in the city.
There were active stations of the Underground Railroad in the city, and numerous refugees were documented as getting help from station agents and African-American workers in city hotels.
Many slaves left the city and county for Canada after Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Actas it required cooperation from law enforcement even in free states and increased penalties.
From tothe black population in Allegheny County dropped from 3, to 2, as people headed to more safety in Canada. He adopted the Bessemer process to increase production.
Manufacturing was key to growth of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. Railroad lines were built into the city along both rivers, increasing transportation access to important markets. ByPittsburgh was the nation's 8th-largest cityaccounting for between one-third and one- half of national steel output.
The city's population swelled to more than a half million, attracting numerous European immigrants to its industrial jobs.
Bynon-Hispanic whites were The city's reputation as the "arsenal of democracy"   was being overshadowed by James Parton 's observation of Pittsburgh being "hell with the lid off.
The "Renaissance II" project followed infocused on cultural and neighborhood development. The industrial base continued to expand through the s, but beginning in the early s both the area's steel and electronics industries imploded during national industrial restructuring.
There were massive layoffs from mill and plant closures. Although Pittsburgh successfully shifted its economy and remained viable, the city's population has never rebounded to its industrial-era highs.
Whilepeople lived in the city proper ina combination of suburbanization and economic turbulence resulted in a decrease in city population, even as the metropolitan area population increased again. During the late s recessionPittsburgh was economically strong, adding jobs when most cities were losing them.News.
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