their quest for religious liberty, a group of Swiss
Mennonites arrived and registered in New York in 1709.
By 1710 they had formed the first permanent colony was
formed in what is now Lancaster County, twenty miles east of
the Conestoga. Over the next several years Swiss
Germans poured into the area, to escape continued religious
persecution in Europe.
County was formed in May 1729 from Chester, Bucks and
Philadelphia Counties. Around 1730 Lancaster had
become America's largest inland town and held the
distinction for several years.
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