Early Engraving of Philadelphia
Thomas Jefferys, after George Heap
and Gerard Vandergucht
An East Prospect of the City of
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Philadelphia, site of both Continental Congresses, was one of the
most urban, advanced cities in America in the eighteenth century.
During the winter of 1777-78, it was occupied by the British under
General William Howe. The British enjoyed their stay immensely,
while Washington's army suffered near starvation at Valley Forge.
This engraving is one of the few authentic portraits of an American
city before the Revolution.