This is a short history of New Jersey. The Divided Colony happened in 1664 when the Dutch lost New Netherlands. Then, the British took control of their land and added them to their colony. After, they divided the land in two and gave Sir George Carteret to become a proprietor of one half of the colony. The other land was controlled over by Lord John Berkley. This land was now officially named New Jersey after the Isle of Jersey, which Carteret bacame the governor. Berkley and Carteret allowed the settlers to have political freedom and no taxes.
New Jersey was a very important state during the Revolutionary War. It's location was near the center of the thirteen colonies between New York City and Philadelphia. More battles were fought in New Jersey than in any other state. The British fought about 100 battles in New Jersey's soil. Many people consider the
Battle of Trenton to be the turning point of the Revolution. After winning Trenton, General George Washington , won th Battle of Princeton. Having lost two battles, the British fled from New Jersey to New York. In November 1776, the British gained control over all New Jersey and forced Washington to flee to Pennsylvania.
In 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the Constitution. This state was also the first state to sign the Bill of Rights. Trenton became New Jersey's state capital in 1790. On February 15, 1804 , New Jersey became the last state to abolish ( do away with ) slavery. New Jersey also is th 47th largest state in the United States of America. This state was also a part of the original thirteen colonies. New Jersey was in the Middle colonies so they had many crops and vegetables to grow. Their plantation bared so much fruit, some colonists left some of the fruits to rot in the ground.
The event that I found interesting was the Revolutionary War. It fascinated me how after two wars the British finally surrendered because of losing some of the most important wars. I am amazed how the Americans fought the British with all their bravery and fighting spirit. I also liked how General George Washington was also elected president after the battles. He really led his army to victory against all the odds.
Battle of Trenton:
Battle of Princeton:
General George Washington