Middle colonies


Founded: 1682 by William Penn and others, at Philadelphia

Major Industry: Agriculture (wheat, corn, cattle, dairy), Manufacturing (textiles, paper making, shipbuilding)

Major Cities: Philadelphia, Lancaster, York

Colony Named for: william penns father and sylvania latin for forest

Became a State: December 12, 1787

New York

Founded: 1626 by Peter Minuit and others, on Manhattan Island

Major Industry: Manufacturing (shipbuilding, iron works), Agriculture (cattle, grain, rice, indigo, wheat)

Major Cities: New York City, Albany

Colony Named for: Duke of york

Became a State: July 26, 1788


Founded: 1638 by Peter Minuit and others

Major Industry: Agriculture (fishing), Manufacturing (lumbering)

Major Cities: Wilmington

Colony Named for: named for the Delaware tribe and for an early governor of colonial Virginia, Lord de la warr

Became a State: December 7, 1787

New Jersey

Founded: 1664 by English colonists

Major Industry: Manufacturing (ironworking, lumbering)

Major Cities: Trenton, Princeton

Colony Named for: lsle of jersey in England

Became a State: December 18, 1787