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By 1797, glass manufacture began, while the population grew to around 1,400.
Pittsburgh became a possession of Pennsylvania in 1785.Today, Google, Apple Inc., Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating .7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls.The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy. "Be it enacted by the Pennsylvania State Senate and Pennsylvania House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania..the authority of the same, that the said town of Pittsburgh shall be...erected into a borough, which shall be called the borough of Pittsburgh for ever." European pioneers, primarily Dutch, followed in the early 18th century.A 1769 survey referenced the future city as the "Manor of Pittsburgh".Both the Colony of Virginia and the Province of Pennsylvania claimed the region under their colonial charters until 1780, when they agreed under a federal initiative to extend the Mason–Dixon line westward, placing Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.By 1815, Pittsburgh was producing significant quantities of iron, brass, tin, and glass.On March 18, 1816, the 46-year-old local government became a city.Lord Jeffrey Amherst ordered blankets contaminated from smallpox victims to be distributed in 1763 to the tribes surrounding the fort.The disease spread into other areas, infected other tribes, and killed hundreds of thousands.On March 8, 1771 Bedford County, Pennsylvania was created to govern the frontier.On April 16, 1771, the city's first civilian local government was created as Pitt Township.