In 1681 King Charles II gave William Penn the charter to a vast expanse of land that would become Pennsylvania. In England Penn had been persecuted for his religious beliefs, and he was determined that Pennsylvania would be governed with the political freedoms that he and other Quakers sought. In fact, Penn, believing that it was God's plan that people create fair and just governments, called Pennsylvania his "Holy Experiment." Though his time in America was brief, he managed to establish a colonial government that honored religious freedom and demonstrated the beginnings of colonial self-government. This Web site provides a closer examination of William Penn and the establishment of Pennsylvania.
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