William Penn

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William Penn is a famous leader and founder of the Pennsylvania colony. He was granted Pennsylvania because King Charles the 2nd owed William Penn’s father who was deceased at the time 16000 pounds but instead of the king paying off his debt he granted William Penn the colony of Pennsylvania. William Penn guaranteed that any people who settled in his new plantation would have freedom of religious worship. Also William Penn extended the principle of religious toleration to the Dutch, Swedes, Finns, Lenape, and other indigenous people who already inhabited the land he had acquired. He did not offer settlers of his new plantation religious liberty and Pennsylvania’s charter restricted the right to vote and to hold political office to Protestants. And William Penn did not extend the protections of his charter to enslaved Africans and African-Americans either. And finally Penn’s colony was also an experiment in a more democratic form of government than which people had known in Europe.