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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is the capital city of Pennsylvania. It is located in Dauphin County, on the east bank of the Susquehanna River. In 1719, John Harris, considered to be the founder of Harrisburg, settled on this land. Prior to Europeans arriving in the area, it had been known as Paxtang by local indigenous tribes. It was named the Pennsylvania state capital in 1812. 

 

Harrisburg is prone to flooding due to its proximity to the Susquehanna River, but this proximity also allowed trading to occur in the area, first between Native American tribes, and later between colonial cities. The city has faced considerable financial difficulties since the beginning of the 21st century, but numerous revitalization projects are currently underway.

 
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