The Holy Experiment was based on the religious belief of tolerance.

The Holy Experiment was an attempt by the Quakers to establish a community for themselves in Pennsylvania. They hoped it would show to the world how well they could function on their own without any persecution or dissension.

King Charles II of England from his deceased father. Penn was a well educated man, and later became an evangelist for Quakerism. King Charles II paid off the debt to Penn with a large land grant between the colonies of New York and Maryland. Penn now had total control over his colony, which he named Pennsylvania after his late father. He now tried to attract settlers to Pennsylvania and make a profit off his newly founded colony. Penn did a brilliant job of advertising Pennsylvania, and it quickly became the most famous colony in England and the rest of Europe alike. Penn sought to create the Holy Experiment in Pennsylvania and he did this by creating a liberal frame of government, and attracting all sorts of people, including many Quakers, who made up the Holy Experiment.

It did run smoothly for a while but then the French and Indian Wars came and many Quakers in the community wanted all other Quakers out of office because they would be in a position to send the others to war. From that point on, the experiment failed and was completely finished off by the Revolution.

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