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Did you know that in 1800, not L.A., not New York, but Philadelphia was our largest city, a distinction it held until 1830.

The top five were Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Boston, and Charleston, S.C.

But we defy anyone to name the sixth largest American town in 1800. It was Northern Liberties, now part of Philadelphia.

And seventh was Southwark, now also part of the present Philadelphia. Read here about the early days of the City of Brotherly Love.

The City of Philadelphia

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