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New Jersey History Timeline

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The Native Indians of New Jersey were the Abnaki, Malecite, Passamaquoddy and Pennacook
The third of the original 13 colonies
Statehood: New Jersey was admitted to the Union on December 18, 1787
Constitution: 3rd State to be admitted to the Union - "Liberty and Prosperity"

New Jersey History Timeline

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The Spanish Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485-1528) explores the Jersey coast for the French



Henry Hudson (1565-1611) English explorer and navigator discovered Newark Bay and establishes the Dutch colony of New Netherland



Swedish settlement led by Peter Minuet starting the the New Sweden Colony



The Dutch defeat the Swedes on the Delaware, ending the New Sweden Colony. Delaware becomes a part of New Netherland



The Dutch establish Bergen



The British take control of New Jersey from the Dutch



New Jersey Colony is divided into East Jersey and West Jersey



East and West Jersey combined into one colony



William Trent establishes Trent's Town



Princeton University founded



1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.



For additional facts and information about Colonial America refer to the New Jersey Colony



1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America.The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washingtonled the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence)



July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence



July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces



September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain



Statehood - The Date that New Jersey was admitted to the Union - December 18, 1787. Constitution - New Jersey was the 3rd State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - " Liberty and Prosperity "



The Louisiana Purchase - In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land



1812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence



John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War.



1861 - 1865: The American Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines.

New Jersey Timeline

Origin of the State name - Sir John Berkley and Sir George Carteret received a royal charter for a colony in the new land. The colony was named after the British island of Jersey, situated in the English Channel. Carteret had been born on Jersey and had been Lieutenant Governor of the island.

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