Which Colony Best Fits YOU?

A Colonial Stock Agency

by Geoffrey P., Colten N., Kenny N., and Richard Z.

Who will be "leading" off YOUR American Experience?

Delaware

Delaware was first settled by Peter Minuit and the New Swedish Colony as part of the New Netherlands; furthermore, the colony was called "New Sweden" at first. King Charles II gave his brother James, the Duke of York, New Netherlands; James, then, renamed it Delaware after the Delaware River. James then gave Delaware to William Penn who said he needed the land to secure his own colony of Pennsylvania.


New Jersey

Founded by Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret, the New Jersey Colony was founded for farming and trade.

Which type of colony are YOU?

Delaware

Delaware is a proprietary colony meaning it is given to a proprietor (governor) who is responsible to govern the colony.


New Jersey

New Jersey is a royal colony meaning it is ruled or administered by officials, such a governor and council, responsible to and appointed by Great Britain.


What is the geography of YOUR colony?

Delaware

Delaware is a middle colony by location, but its lands are a mixture of both the southern and New England colonies. For the most part, Delaware had fertile soil, very suitable for farming.


New Jersey

New Jersey is a middle colony possessing mountains in the northeast and lowlands from Lake Ontario along the Canadian border, With the Atlantic coastal plain also present, the colony has the perfect mix of New England and Southern features with fertile soil and top grade farming land.


What type of government best fits YOU?

Delaware

Delaware was considered to be part of Pennsylvania until 1703. The two colonies have the same type of governemnt, a Representative Legislature with popularly elected officals (only free tax paying can vote).


New Jersey

The New Jersey colony is governed by a governor and a council, appointed by the king; furthermore, the colony has a representative assembly elected by the people.

How will YOU be making money?

Delaware

A bread basket colony because of the many wheat related crops it produced, the Delware Colony is known for the wheat that is ground into flour then shipped to England.


New Jersey

New Jersey is a bread basket colony because of the large amounts of wheat it produces as well as corn and livestock (beef and pork). Exports from the colony include iron ore, lumber, textiles, furs, and ship building.


What are the ethnic, religious, educational issues of YOUR colony?

Delaware

In the Delaware Colony, no diminant religion exist which gives way for the religious freedom of the Quakers, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, and other religous groups.


New Jersey

New Jersey was founded on Catholic and Protestant religions, but the the colonists cannot afford individual churches so, though possessing different religions, they end up attending together and being baptized by priests/ministers of different faith.


What are the best social indicators for YOU?

Delaware

Consistent with typical colonial life, men, in the Delaware Colony, enjoy card playing, horse racing, cock fighting, and fox hunting; whereas, women enjoy sewing and doing indoor activites. Furthermore, colonist in Delaware focus on town life and working on ship building aside from enjoying the luxuries of livestock, rice, and wheat.

New Jersey

Family in New Jersey is consistent with typical Catholic and Protestant family structures, that of large families useful for both farming and harvesting. Furthermore, foods found in the New Jersey colony are that of the main cash crops found within the region: whear as well as corn and livestock (beef and pork).


What is significant about YOUR colony?

Delaware

Peter Minuit was the founder in 1638 who discovered the colony for trade and profit. In 1639, the first African on the Delaware was Black Anthony, brought from the Carribean.

New Jersey

Lord Berkley, drafter of the Concessipon and Agreement, allowed for freedom of religion within the New Jersey Colony, largely the reason for widespread branches of Catholic and Protestant religions.