Before Quakers arrived to settle in the Delaware River valley, a flourishing nation had lived there for centuries on the land known as Lenapehoking, the lands inhabited by the Lenape people. John Fenwick, and later William Penn, hoped and planned that two such different cultures could and would live in peaceful community. What understandings did each group have of the treaties and of their new neighbors? What were the results of their differing expectations? Did later generations honor the agreements of their forebears? Where and what proved to be stress points?
Nancy V. Webster will explore the historical situation between Quakers and the Lenape from the time of Fenwick’s Colony to the formation of the first standing committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the 1795 Indian Committee.