Type: Proprietary. Region: Middle Colonies. Founder: William Penn. Purpose: Religious freedom from England. Key Events/characteristics: Quakers do not swear allegiance to anyone but God, so life was tough in England where the King was to be revered. Because Penn was a friend of the king, the king granted him a colony in the New World so that he could be safe. Even though Penn was a Quaker, he wanted religious freedom for all people. No one was persecuted in Pennsylvania and all were free to worship whomever or whatever they chose. This was the primary inspiration for religious freedom in America. Penn also set up a representative government in Philadelphia where "laws rule and the people are a party to those laws." Phaledelphia was the largest, most prosperous city in the early colonies and was settled by the Germans, French, Scottish, Welsh, and English. Ben Franklin moved there from Boston. In 1737, the Delaware Indians signed an agreement that gave PA colonists all the land they could cover on foot in a day and a half. Instead of walking leisurely, the colonists sent runners to cover more territory. The Delaware Indians were furious and felt they'd been swindled.