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Oct 15

Looking Back on New Jersey’s Story of Development

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New Jersey was once a Native American settlement, but it is now a home for immigrants, from Dutch and English to Hispanics and Asians. It also a home for many notable world people such as Albert Einstein, Thomas A. Edison, President Woodrow Wilson, Frank Sinatra and more.

First Settlements

Henry Hudson was one among the early European explorers to discover the land that is now New Jersey. Although the first people to colonize it are the Dutch and established their New Netherland colony beside the Hudson River. However, 1664, the region was conquered by the English settlers and call the area between the two rivers New Jersey, a name from the Isle of Jersey located in the English Channel.

During American Revolution

New Jersey had a great historical importance in the American Revolution. The state was invaded by the enemy many times since it is situated in between New Your City under the British control and the rebel capital of Philadelphia.

In fact, New Jersey was the state where Gen. George Washington spent most during the wartime. It’s so important to know that Washington’s victory at Trenton in 1776 is dubbed as the most significant American military victory in the history. Without that, America will never be born as a nation. It’s the main reason why New Jersey has gained the reputation as the ‘Crossroads of the American Revolution.’ As the war ended, New Jersey was the first state to approve the Bill of Rights and the third state to embrace the Constitution.

New Jersey during Industrial Revolution

New Jersey has been a high-tech industry and invention hub throughout its history. It was first planned as an industrial city in 1791 by Alexander Hamilton as its founder along with his associates. The strong water current in Passaic River powered the textile factories for this ne planned city.

This was the turning point for New Jersey’s Industrial Revolution. The state was also strategically located at the midpoint between the country’s northern and southern region. It also adopted the construction of roads, canals, and the first American steam railroad built in Hoboken. During the early the 19th and the mid-20th century, people in New Jersey lived in an urban and industrial economy where machines powered by water current, steam and finally electricity took over handwork and villages for farming were turned into manufacturing cities.

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