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Penn, William. Facts on William Penn

Penn, William (1644-1718), was an English Quaker (see Quaker facts) and the founder of Pennsylvania. At the age of 22 Penn became a Quaker. However, in Britain at that time the Quakers were distrusted. Penn, who was well known for his views, was imprisoned on three occasions on charges of conspiracy.

During the 1670s, Penn traveled through Europe. He returned to England having realized the need for a place where people could be allowed to follow their religious beliefs in peace. In payment of a debt owed to Penn's father, Charles II granted Penn the rights to a vast area of land west of the Delaware River in the United States. The territory was given the name of Pennsylvania and Quakers from all parts of Europe flooded into the new colony.

Facts on William Penn

Facts on William Penn:

Penn made a treaty with the Indians of Pennsylvania in 1682. Because of the considerate treatment that the Indians received from Penn and the Quakers, the Indians and the colonists were on friendly terms

In 1682, Penn visited the colony for the first time. He remained until 1684 during which time the city of Philadelphia was planned. Penn returned to Britain and was again imprisoned. He returned only once more to Pennsylvania but his health was ruined and he died in England. More facts on William Penn you can find at this page

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