Chester, Pennsylvania

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Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 36,854 at the 2000 census. Chester is situated on the Delaware River, between the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.

The city is home to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer and Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer, who both play at PPL Park, a soccer-specific stadium at the southwesterly corner of the Commodore Barry Bridge.



The first European settlers in the area were Swedes. They called the settlement that became Chester first Finlandia, then Upland. They built Fort Mecoponacka in 1641 to defend the settlement.[1]

By 1682, Upland was the most populous town of the Province of Pennsylvania. On October 27, the ship Welcome arrived at the town, bearing William Penn on his first visit to the province. Penn renamed the settlement for the English city of Chester.

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