Bethlehem, Pennsylvania collection  1741-1784
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History

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1741 by Moravians, who settled on the banks of the Lehigh River in present-day Northampton County, Pennsylvania. After rapid growth, the town quickly became a focal point of local commerce, though the strong religious influence of Bethlehem's Moravian founders persisted throughout its history. During the American Revolution, several key figures in the Continental Army passed through the town, including George Washington. Today, Bethlehem is the site of Lehigh University and Moravian College.