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William Penn, a Quaker (then a persecuted minority in England), appealed to the Crown to permit a mass migration of Quakers to the English colonies in North America.  As the Puritans in New England were hostile towards them, the Quakers needed a new area to settle. King Charles II granted Penn a charter that made him the world’s largest private non-royal landowner, with over 45,000 square miles south of New Jersey and north of Maryland that became Pennsylvania.
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