GENEALOGY: Philadelphia port proved a little harder to get to | Community

This week continues with the discussion of the different ports of entry into the United States and the colonies and the locations of their records.

• Philadelphia. The city was founded in 1682 during colonial times by William Penn. It grew in both size and importance, and at one time was the leading port for immigration into the country. It also served as our nation’s capital from 1790-1800.

Although it started out as the leading port of entry, there were some problems with Philadelphia’s port that New York harbor did not experience. The port was 110 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, accessible by the Delaware River, which often froze in the wintertime. In addition, the total voyage from Europe to Philadelphia is 200 miles longer than…

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