1778 - First treaty with the Delawares

William Penn makes a treaty for peace with the Delawares

- First treaty with Delaware

        The fledgling government of confederated colonies signs its first treaty of friendship with the Delaware Indians.  Many of the revolutionary war leaders had fought against the Indians during the French and Indian War.  With these new treaties they hoped to neutralize the Indian's alliances with the King of England.

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  Many tribes, including the Cherokee, signed treaties of friendship with the new government prior to the U.S. Constitution being ratified by the states. 

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