An Experiment's Unholy End

Could Europeans and Native Americans live in peace, side by side? History assures us that they could not, but once upon a time, that outcome was not a foregone conclusion.

"An example may be sett up to the nations...for an holy experiment," wrote William Penn to one of his land agents on August 16, 1681. Although Penn never again wrote of this idea in these exact words, his respect for the Native Americans was a unique and welcome change from decades of conflict along the Delaware River. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Marking Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAHistory.comWalking Purchase
Pennsylvania founder William Penn enjoyed relatively cordial relations with the region's native inhabitants. Penn's sons, however, were a different story. WHYY's Joel Rose retraces the Walking Purchase, one of the great land frauds in American history. [Listen]

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