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Engraving of William Penn's Treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1681.

Engraving of William Penn's Treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1681.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-2583

Year Founded:

1682

Founded By:

William Penn

Motivation for Founding:

William Penn founded Pennsylvania with a land grant that was owed his deceased Father. His goal was to create a colony that allowed for freedom of religion due to his desire to protect himself and fellow Quakers from persecution.

Significant Events:

  • The colony was well-advertised and by 1700 was the third biggest and richest colony in the New World.
  • Penn allowed for a representative assembly elected by landowners.
  • Freedom of worship and religion was granted to all citizens.

 

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