New Jersey Colony

Founded 1664

New Jersey was named after the Isle of Jersey in the English channel. Sir George Carteret and lord John Berkly governed it. They sold the land cheap and allowed settlers to have political and religious freedom. New Jersey was more ethnically diverse then most colonies and grew to have over 100,000 people.

Fun Facts

  • Until 1702 New Jersey was divided into East Jersey and West Jersey.
  • A typical farm in the New Jersey Colony was between 50 and 150 acres.
  • New Jersey was considered a "breadbasket" colony because it grew so much wheat.