Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Walking Purchase

Walking Purchase Map

A color map of the eastern side of Pennsylvania, with parts of Western New Jersey. The map is shaded to show the size of the Walking Purchase. Some areas are labeled.

The shaded area in this modern map shows the total area claimed through the Walking Purchase. (Wikimedia Commons)

Wikimedia Commons

When the Pennsylvania surveyors of the Walking Purchase recorded the area where the final “walker” stopped, near modern-day Jim Thorpe, they extended the boundary line northeast to the confluence of the Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers. This action doubled the total acreage of the Walking Purchase and went well beyond the initial territory the Delaware Indians thought they were giving away. The area bounded by the dark-green wedge in this modern map of Pennsylvania shows the total territory that was claimed by Thomas Penn, John Penn, and James Logan through the Walking Purchase. Nutimus, leader of the Delawares, and other representatives of the Delawares thought the Pennsylvania settlers were only going to claim land south of Tohickon Creek (near the Nutimus’s Town dot on this map). The extensive border of the Walking Purchase ended up forcing Delawares away from eastern Pennsylvania and farther to the west.

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