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Lancaster's brief stint as nation's capital

Updated: Friday, September 27 2013, 09:48 AM CDT
If you’ve visited Lancaster, Penn., you probably remember it as a nice mid-sized city right in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country. What you might not know is that 236 years ago today, it became our young country’s third capital city, a position it held only briefly. Very, very briefly. Let’s take a look at how Lancaster became our capital for a single day.
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Things began looking grim for Philadelphia, the old capital city, in September 1777.

British forces under General William Howe had been advancing north from the Chesapeake Bay in an effort to capture the revolutionary capital, and American forces led by George Washington had moved south of Philadelphia to intercept the invading force. On September 11, Washington’s men clashed with Howe’s troops in the Battle of Brandywine.

Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31494/glory-day-lancasters-brief-stint-our-nations-capital#ixzz2g6TK8D1V
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Lancaster's brief stint as nation's capital


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