Jun 23, 2011

1683: William Penn signs a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians

(Wikipedia) The Lenape ( /ˈlɛnəpiː/ or /ləˈnɑːpi/) are a group of several organized bands of Native American people with shared cultural and linguistic characteristics. Their name for themselves (autonym), sometimes spelled Lennape or Lenapi, means "the people." They are also known as the Lenni Lenape (the "true people") or as the Delaware Indians. English settlers named the Delaware River after Lord De La Warr, the governor of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia. They used the exonym above for almost all the Lenape people living along this river and its tributaries. Continued

Photo: The Treaty of Penn with the Indians, Benjamin West, 1771.