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The beads were then strung on leather or hemp twine and fashioned into belts and jewelry. Much of the wampum was used for decoration, but some wampum belts used a series of symbols that depicted a story or sent a message from one group to another. The Native Americans who had access to the coast often traded wampum for goods with other Native Americans in the interior of the continent. Historical accounts of contacts with the Lenni Lenape indicate that they were experts at fashioning elaborate items using wampum.

The Swedes renamed it the Christina River and built Fort Christina where the Brandywine River joined the Christina. At this spot, there is a stone outcrop in the river known as the Rocks 22 Delaware Swedish settlers led by the Dutchman Peter Minuit settled near what would become Wilmington, Delaware. New Sweden 23 that forms a natural pier. The Swedish settlement was on what is today the east side of Wilmington, Delaware, and was the first permanent European settlement in what would become Delaware.

On the other hand, if the Europeans wanted to keep paying for the same piece of land, maybe the Lenni Lenape were just being shrewd businesspeople by repeatedly taking their money. The Dutch built Fort Casimir on the site that would eventually become New Castle, Delaware. In addition to the fort, about two dozen Dutch settlers moved to the area. Governor Printz was extremely upset by this bold move by the Dutch. However, his dwindling colony was in no position to drive out the 36 Delaware Dutch.

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