Delaware Indians Tribe History - Facts and Information - Language, Clans, Houses, Treaties

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Delaware Indians were also known as the Lenni Lenape Indians. According to William Penn, the Delaware Indians were the most friendly.

The Delaware Indians spoke an Algonkian language. They occupied the Atlantic seaboard from Cape Henlopen Delaware to Long Island NY. The Delaware Indians depended on agriculture, hunting and fishing.

They grouped into 3 clans based on maternal descent. These groups lived together in longhouses.

The Walking Purchase was a treaty that deprived the Delaware Indians of their lands forcing them to settle on Iroquois lands.

After 1690, whites encroaching on Indian land and the dominance of the Iroquois forced the surviving Delaware Indians west beyond the Ohio River.

The Delaware Indians regrouped forming a tribal alliance defeating the British General Braddock in the French and Indian wars.

At first, the Delaware Indians took the Colonial side during the American Revolution.

The treaty of Greenville in 1795, forced the Delaware Indians to give up their Ohio lands. The tribe dispersed again, some regrouping in Kansas. Most of the Delaware Indians were removed to Oklahoma.

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