The Middle Colonies

By:Chase, Isabel, Claire, Kara, and Michael

List each colony in your region, year founded, and the founder below.

  • Delaware, 1638, and Peter Minuit.
  • Pennsylvania, 1682, William Penn.
  • New York, 1626, Peter Minuit
  • New Jersey, 1664, English Colonist.


Give a brief description of why these colonies were founded.

The people who founded the middle colonies were looking to practice their own religion and to make money.

List three geographical characteristics of each colony.

  • Delaware:100 miles long and 30 miles wide/bordered by Pennsylvania, Maryland, Atlantic Ocean, and New Jersey/1,955 miles is land 535 is water.
  • Pennsylvania:283 miles long and 160 miles wide/bordered by New York, Lake Erie, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Ohio Territory/44820 miles is land and 1239 is water.
  • New York:330 miles long and 283 miles wide/bordered by Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Atlantic Ocean, Vermont Territory, Massachusetts, and Connecticut/48708 miles is land and 7251 miles is water.
  • New Jersey:150 miles long and 70 miles wide/bordered by New York, Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay, and Pennsylvania/7419 is land and 1303 is water .


What role did religion play in the development of your region?


It was very important to go to church, it was an all day event, and the different types of religion they had was Quaker, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, and Others.

How did colonist deal with illness? Describe the economic conditions of the region.



Illness: when kids got sick mothers would make home remedies and would move there beds closer to fire for warmth, every family had a herb garden to make medicine, they would add honey to medicine to not make it as bitter, learned cures from traditions, folklore, and medicine books

Money:Part agriculture, part industrial, wheat and other grew on farms, Factories in Maryland make iron and factories in Pennsylvania make paper and textiles, trade was plentiful in these colonies.