Colonial New Jersey

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Verrazano explores eastern coastline

1524

Henry Hudson claims New Jersey for the Dutch

1609

Settled by Swedish Explorers

1638

Founded and claimed for England

1664

Divided into East Jersey and West Jersey

1676

Combined into one colony and ruled by the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New York

1702

Becomes an independent colony

1738

Princeton University founded

1746

Rutgers University founded

1766

Revolutionary War begins

1775

Declaration of Independence

1776

Battle of Trenton

1776

British surrender at Yorktown

1781

Princeton NJ is the US Capital

1783

Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War

1783

Trenton NJ is the US Capital

1784

New Jersey becomes a state

1787

NJ ratifies the Bill of Rights

1789

George Washington becomes first president

1789

Trenton named state capital

1790

Bill of Rights ratified

1791

John Adams becomes president

1797