Upland, Pennsylvania

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Upland is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Upland is governed by an elected seven member borough council. The population was 2,977 at the 2000 census.



Upland is located at 39°51′24″N 75°22′46″W / 39.85667°N 75.37944°W / 39.85667; -75.37944 (39.856762, -75.379429)[1]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


The first European settlers in this area were from the Swedish colony of New Sweden. They arrived in the area in 1643 and built a permanent settlement at Tinicum Island. The settlement of Upland was built around the point where the Chester Creek flows into the Delaware River, which is part of the city of Chester. The colonists had plantations devoted to the cultivation of tobacco for export to Sweden. Upland was reflected on the early map of New Sweden made by Peter Lindstrom in 1654.[2][3]

During this period three governments were competing for colonial supremacy in the mid-Atlantic coastal area: the Dutch, the Swedish and the English. The Swedish settlement was incorporated into Dutch New Netherland on September 15, 1655. In 1664 the English captured New Netherlands from the Dutch. In 1676 the Duke of York's laws were promulgated as the rule of conduct on the Delaware River, and courts were established, one of which was the Upland.[4]

The borough of Upland, as opposed to the historic town of Upland (which was later renamed Chester), was founded June 28, 1869.[5]

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