Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Before Colonization

Photograph of wampum belt.Wampum belt said to have been given to William Penn by the Lenape. The original is on exhibit at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Humans began to establish permanent settlements in the vicinity of Philadelphia approximately 2,800 years ago, centuries before Europeans claimed the lands along the Delaware River for the colonies of New Sweden, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. By the time Europeans arrived in the seventeenth century, the Lenape people inhabited a region along the Mid-Atlantic coast between the Delaware Bay and New York Bay, including the future location of Philadelphia.

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