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William Penn's Treaty With the Native Americans

William Penn's Treaty With the Native Americans

In the Spring of 1683, William Penn took a tour of his province and he encounter the native people. He befriended the Leni Lenape(aka Delaware) tribe. Below are his observations:

"The natives I shall consider in their person, language, manners, religion, and government, with my sense of their original. For their persons, they are generally tall, straight, well built, and of singular proportion; they tread strong and clever, and mostly walk with a lofty chin. Of complexion black, but by design, as the gipsies in England. They grease themselves with bear's fat clarified; and using no defence against sun and wather, their skins must needs be swarthy. Their ey is little and black, not unlike a straight-looked Jew. The thick lip and flat nose, so frequent with the East Indians and black, are not common to them; for I have seen as comely European-like faces among them, of both sexes, as on your side the sea; and truly an Italian complexion hath not much more of the white; and the noses of several of them have as much of the Roman."

To link to the full article: Willian Penn Visits with the Indians, William Penn: Observations made after visiting the interior of Pennsylvania. Quoted from Samuel Janney's Life of William Penn, 6th edition, 1882. U.S. History.org < http://www.ushistory.org/penn/penn_journey.htm >

Link to the image source: William Penn's Treaty With the Native Americans - Postcard, item# pdcp00534, Historical Images of Philadelphia, Digital Collections, Free Library < http://libwww.freelibrary.org/diglib/SearchItem.cfm?searchKey=8214892436&ItemID=pdcp00534 >

 

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