The Middle Colonies

The Middle Colonies

The mid 1600s

In the mid 1600's, there were about 5,000 European settlers living in the Dutch colony of New Netherlands. Religious freedom, rich farmland and many fur trade attracted people from many different nations to this region.

1664

In 1664, English warship sailed into New Amsterdam harbor. Dutch leader Peter Stuyvesant saw that he could not defend the settlement.