The First Settlers
A colonial map of New Jersey looks much different than today’s map of our state. Can you answer these questions?
Who was the first explorer to see New Jersey? When?
Our colonial history started after this explorer sailed through Newark Bay in 1609.
What was his name? Is anything named after him?
We didn’t start off as New Jersey, find our first name.
What countries did the first three groups of settlers come from?
In 1664, the British took control of the colony and split it in half and two proprietors
took over. This is when we were named New Jersey. Who was in charge of East
Jersey and who was in charge of West Jersey?
Where did the name New Jersey come from?
For many years, we shared a Governor with what state? Why did we share?
True or False, New Jersey offered religious and political freedoms.
In 1738, the Governorship split, and we got our own Governor. Who was he? Is there anything named after him?