Sep 20, 2009

The Walking Purchase

(Wikipedia) - The Walking Treaty or Walking Purchase is the name given to an agreement in 1737 between the Penn family, the proprietors of Pennsylvania and the Lenape (Delaware) tribe of American Indians.
William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania and a devout Quaker, made it a policy to deal fairly with the native tribes. As a result, the traditional mistrust between natives and settlers that existed in most other colonies was not as pronounced in Pennsylvania.
But by 1737, William Penn was long dead and his heirs and their agents were running the colony. Continued

Photo: Lappawinsoe, Delaware Chief, painted by Gustavus Hesselius (1735).