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Pennsylvania's most influential
early settlement was organized by a Quaker, William Penn. Chartered in 1681
by King Charles II, Penn's colony was primarily made up of English Quakers but
also included German, Dutch, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish. Over the next century,
Penn's "Holy Experiment" attracted huge groups of immigrants to Pennsylvania.
Taken from passenger lists,
records of indenture, oaths of allegiance, and studies of Quaker immigration
from Germany, Holland, and Ireland (including the travels of William Penn),
the records compiled here are comprehensive. Included among the ten volumes
is the most important work on the mass immigration of Germans to Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania German Pioneers.