The Landing of Penn at Dock Creek Philadelphia , (Artist unknown), circa 1830.
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An etching with watercolor of a boat full of European men landing at a riverside cottage. Watching from the opposite bank is a group of Native Americans.

Credit: Gift of Mr. And Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin, The State Museum of Pennsylvania 95.75.89

After landing at New Castle and Chester, William Penn took a barge up the Delaware River to a lightly populated area of Swedes, Dutch, and Indians, that he decided would be the site for a settlement he named Philadelphia. Penn landed near the mouth of Dock Creek, which flowed into the Delaware near present-day Spruce Street.

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