Pennsylvania

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Relations with Natives

William Penn's dealings led to better relations with the Native tribes, such as the Lenape and Susquehanna. The Quakers treated them with respect, bought land from them, and even had Natives on white juries, as well as refusal to be involved in any New England Indian wars.
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William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, was a Quaker and son of one of King Charles II’s supporters. In 1661 4,000 English Quakers were jailed, Penn had been imprisoned four times, so he was eager to get out of England. The Quakers were radical Protestants that believed God offered salvation to all. Quakers rejected violence and refused to serve in the military or pay taxes for its support. Penn promised self government, religious freedom, and reasonably priced land. Penn knew how he wanted to colony to develop. He expected the growth of farming villages laid out along rivers and creeks, and mapped out the city along a grid. Each house was separated to prevent fires. Penn also created better relations with local Indians. Pennsylvania was soon populated by self contained communities. People lived however they wanted, doing whatever was most profitable. By 1700 the Pennsylvania Assembly passed laws recognizing slavery. Slavery taking root in a colony where many questioned its morality was almost a foreshadowing of the future of early America.


Research taken from Of the People

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