Was Pittsburgh named after someone named Pitt and what did he have to do with Pennsylvania?

Pittsburgh was named for William Pitt, even though Pitt never set foot in Pennsylvania.

Pitt’s actions as a British war minister during the French and Indian War led to the city’s founding.

He committed money and troops to the war; he mapped out a strategy that included the capture of Fort Duquesne, located where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers combine to form the Ohio.

After this French fort fell in November 1758, a British one was built, Fort Pitt, or Pittsburgh. The city of Pittsburgh still stands on that spot.

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