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History of New Jersey
The Native American tribes were the original inhabitants of New Jersey. The Dutch were the first Europeans to arrive here. In 1664, the region came under the control of England. From 1674 to 1702,
New Jersey was governed as two provinces – East and West New Jersey. In 1702, it became a single province. New Jersey was admitted to the Union on December 18, 1787.
It played a prominent role in the American Revolution and was one of the 13 colonies that revolted against the British rule. Prominent representatives of the state who signed the United States Declaration of Independence included Francis Hopkinson, Richard Stockton, John Hart, Abraham Clark, and John Witherspoon. On February 15, 1804, New Jersey abolished new slavery becoming the last northern state to do so.
Geography of New Jersey
New Jersey covers an area of 8,722.58 square miles. It shares its borders with New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The Atlantic Ocean is located to the southeast and south of New Jersey. The highest point in the state is High Point, which is located in Montague Township, Sussex County, and stands tall at 1,803 feet. Some important rivers of the state include Hudson, Delaware, Maurice, Mullica, Passaic, Rahway, among others. New Jersey witnesses two climatic conditions. A humid subtropical climate is witnessed in the south, central and northeast parts of New Jersey, while the northwest part has a humid continental climate.
Travel Destinations in New Jersey
Some popular attractions in New Jersey include Atlantic City
, a famous coastal resort town known for Boardwalk; Thomas Edison National Historical Park; Grounds For Sculpture, which is a museum and sculpture park located in Hamilton, and spread over an area of 42 acres; Princeton and the Battlefield State Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Liberty State Park, among others.
Transport in New Jersey
Newark Liberty International Airport is the most prominent airport of the state and is also one of the busiest airports in the entire country. Some small airports that operate in other parts of the state are Atlantic City
International Airport and Trenton-Mercer Airport. New Jersey is well-connected by an extensive rail and bus service which is operated by the NJ Transit Corporation. Amtrak connects New Jersey to other states around the country.
Education in New Jersey
Some prominent colleges and universities in New Jersey include Princeton University
, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, among others.
Interesting Facts About New Jersey
- New Jersey is referred as the Diners Capital of the World
- It also holds the distinction of having the most shopping malls in one area.
- New Jersey is the home state of Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and Whitney Houston. More Facts...
Last Updated on: August 25th, 2017