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How did William Penn earn the respect of the Native Americans?

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William Penn earned the respect of Native Americans through his peaceful interactions with them. He would travel to Native American land and become friends with them. When King Charles II granted land to William Penn, that land was already occupied by Native Americans. Instead of running them off their land through violence, Penn entered into a peace treaty and offered to purchase their land at a fair price. He had the most interaction with the Delaware Indians, also known as the Lenni Lenape, and he paid about 1200 pounds for their land. In addition to paying fair prices for land, if any disagreements broke out between the colonists and the Native Americans, he demanded that an equal number of Native Americans and colonists formed a committee to solve the dispute.

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