- An exploration of the earliest settlers of Pennsylvania, their land and lives.
- The history of Penn’s grant of the province and how he sold and settled the land.
- How it was surveyed and laid out.
- The famous maps that Thomas Holme made for Penn, one of the city and one of the surrounding counties.
- Records that help identify the people on the maps.
- Stories about the lives of the people on the maps.
- The people on the maps and the missing people: women, slaves, servants, Germans, Swedes and Welsh.
Early Pennsylvania history