GERMANTOWN was founded in Pennsylvania, six miles from Philadelphia, on 24 October 1683, by a band of German Quakers and Mennonites led by Francis Daniel Pastorius. He was agent for the Frankfort Land Company, which purchased twenty-five thousand acres from William Penn, whose arrival in Pennsylvania the year before ushered in a wave of Quaker immigration, mainly from England. The founding of Germantown marked the beginning of the German immigration to Pennsylvania. Germantown (also German Towne or Germanopolis) never became large, because it was a base for the distribution of Germans into the interior. Christopher Sauer's famous printing press and type foundry were established in Germantown in 1738.
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Germantown, residential section of NW Philadelphia, Pa. Settled by Dutch and Germans in 1683, Germantown became one of the earliest printing and publishing centers in the country. When the British occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution, the greater part of their army encamped at Germantown. George Washington's forces unsuccessfully attacked the camp on Oct. 4, 1777, in the last important engagement conducted by Washington before he took the army to Valley Forge for the winter. In 1854, Germantown was annexed to Philadelphia. The Howe House and other colonial houses, inns, and churches still stand.
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