Michael Bezallion was the first to describe the forks of the Ohio in a manuscript, and later that year European fur traders established area posts and settlements. General John Forbes finally took the forks in Forbes began construction on Fort Pitt , named after William Pitt the Elder while the settlement was named "Pittsborough". Fort Pitt is notable as the site of an early use of smallpox for biological warfare. Lord Jeffery Amherst ordered blankets contaminated from smallpox victims to be distributed in to the tribes surrounding the fort.
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Founding[ edit ] Founded by Hugh Henry Brackenridge as Pittsburgh Academy in , the University of Pittsburgh is one of the few universities and colleges established in the 18th century in the United States. It is the oldest continuously chartered institution of learning in the U. The school was named the Western University of Pennsylvania, or WUP, and was intended to be the western sister institution to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. By the s, the university faced severe financial pressure to abandon its traditional liberal education in favor of the state legislature's desire for it to provide more vocational training. The decision to remain committed to liberal education nearly killed the university, but it persevered despite its abandonment by the city and state.
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From the trendy Strip to bustling Downtown and into the Hill District and the North Side where early immigrants settled, evidence of Jewish influence can be found citywide. Jewish visitors will discover what many Pittsburghers have long known: This is a great place to be Jewish. Around , shortly after Pittsburgh was named for William Pitt, Andrew Levy—believed to be its first Jewish resident—arrived.
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