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Initially known as the White Rose City, the city of York, Pennsylvania is the county seat of York County. The white rose was the symbol of the House of York, and its current name is in honor of York, England. It was the where the Articles of Confederation were written and consequently, the place where the words “The United States of America” were ever uttered. In September of 1777, the Continental Congress moved the location of the central government from Philadelphia to Lancaster because the British were advancing on Philadelphia, the new country’s capital. Shortly after the move, it was decided to move the new nation’s capital across the Susquehanna in order to keep the Pennsylvania state capital and the Continental Congress in separate places. York remained the capital of the United States for nine months.

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