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Essington in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Johan Printz

Governor of New Sweden

 

— 1643 - 1653 —

 
Johan Printz Statue image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
1. Johan Printz Statue
Inscription.  Printz founded here the first permanent European settlement. Built the first Capitol, church, law court. His instructions from Queen Christina became the first constitution and his coat of arms the first legal seal in what is now Pennsylvania. He was a superior governor, decisive, far seeing and just.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 51.646′ N, 75° 18.2′ W. Marker is in Essington, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker can be reached from Taylor Ave.. Statue is in Governor Printz Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Essington PA 19029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Sweden (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Printz Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lazaretto Quarantine Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Tinicum (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tinicum Township (approx. 0.7 miles away); Morton Homestead (approx.
Johan Printz Statue image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
2. Johan Printz Statue
1.1 miles away); John Morton (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Essington.
 
The Path to Printzhof image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
3. The Path to Printzhof
This is a game near the statue.
Governor Printz Park History Trail image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
4. Governor Printz Park History Trail
There is a circular trail near the statue explaning the trials and tribulations of this early settlement and its ultimate failure.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,993 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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