The unique history of Petty’s Island

MICHAEL HILL / NJTV NEWS – In the Delaware River off Camden sits Petty’s Island. You can call it treasure island, too — it’s rich in its views of the mainland, the wildlife and a history traced back 10,000 years to the first inhabitants. In the late 1600s, the Lenni Lenape sold the “use rights” to a Quaker named Elizabeth Kinsey.

“They reserved the right to hunt and fish here provided that she made the initial payment and then annual payments of rum and gunpowder. And, for that they promised that as long as they can still hunt and fish and pick a root, they promise they wouldn’t slaughter her hogs or burn her fields so it was an interesting exchange,” said Bob Shinn, treasurer of the Camden County Historical Society …

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