The Lenape were the first human inhabitants of the Philadelphia region.
The Lenape (also called the Lenni Lenape and sometimes referred to as the Delaware) were the first inhabitants of West Philadelphia. We know they resided in the area for thousands of years. Archeological documents and colonial accounts suggest that the Lenape community was characterized by complex relationships with kin, community, and the land. When European colonists settled the area in the seventeenth century, the nature of these relationships, and the Lenape as a people, were threatened.