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Before Philadelphia

Long before any European traveled up the Delaware River and into its tributary, the Schuylkill, the Turtle clan of the Lenape Indians lived in the area. They had lived here peacefully since their war with the Mengwe tribes to the North. Today, we call the Lenape the Delaware Indians.

It would not be difficult to imagine that the Lenape who lived near the gently rolling hills on the banks of the Schuylkill fished in the river and hunted in the surrounding woods and meadows.

The Swedes began to build settlements along the Delaware in the 1600's, and many of the Native American inhabitants moved further west. The colonists began to dot the countryside with small homesteads and farms. Of course, the flat lands between the rivers were perfect for growing crops.

 

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