The Bread Basket Colony
We are called the bread basket colony because of all the crops we grow.
The colonial history of New Jersey started after Henry Hudson sailed through Newark Bay in 1609. Hudson was British,but he worked for the Netherlands, amd he claimed the land for the Dutch. It use to be called the New Netherlands. The Dutch, Swedish, and Finns were the first European settlers here. In 1660, Bergen was New Jersey's first permanent European settlement.In 1664 the Dutch lost New Netherlands when the British took control of the land. They divided the land in half and gave control to the two founders: Sir George Carteret and Lord John Berkeley. They sold the land at low cost and allowed us (the settlers) to have religious freedom. The colony is growing more everyday and at the moment the governing power is being transferred back to England.