In 1681 Pennsylvania's colonial status was sealed when almost the entire territory of the present state of Pennsylvania was granted to William Penn, a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).  Penn utilized this area as a safe haven for Quakers and for those looking for religious freedom.  

In 1683 the first German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania and formed Germantown near Philadelphia.  Ultimately the state was founded by English, French, German, and Dutch people.

Quakers farmed wheat and corn for food.  To make money, the Quakers relied on the shipbuilding, paper making, and the textile industry.

Does the man on the oatmeal box look familiar now?  
Does it make sense that these are "Quaker" oats?
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