William Penn, son of a prominent naval officer, was a convert to the Quaker faith, and would become one of the faith's most prominent figures, second perhaps only to its founder, George Fox. As members of his radical faith found scorn both at home and in already existing colonies, Penn took it upon himself to use his ample family connections to create a colony where members of any faith, not simply Quakers, could live and worship unmolested. This open door policy made the great forest of Penn's Woods, or Pennsylvania, into a patchwork of different sects and one of the most populous colonies on the continent.
|Civilization IV: Colonization Founding Fathers|
Vasco Nunez de Balboa • Juan de Bermudez • Pedro Alvares Cabral • Alexander von Humboldt • Juan Ponce de Leon • Lewis and Clark • Jacques Marquette • Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada • John Smith • Giovanni da Verrazano
William Brewster • Bartolome de las Casas • John Harvard • Nathanial Hawthorne • Thomas Hooker • Sor Juana • Gabriel Lallemant • Gregorio de Mattos e Guerra • William Penn • Juan de Sepulveda • Roger Williams
Ethan Allen • Francisco de Coronado • Hernan Cortes • Diego Velazquez de Cuellar • Marquis de La Fayette • John Paul Jones • Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve • Dom Pedro I • Francisco Pizarro • Chief Powhatan • Hernando de Soto