New Jersey, The Garden State

New Jersey, The Garden State

by Sandra Merville Hart New Jersey’s nickname is The Garden State. This may have originated from 1876, when Abraham Browning compared New Jersey to an open-ended barrel with good things to eat spilling out both ends. New Jersey’s early history The Dutch started a trading post at Bergen in 1620. New Netherlands was the original name given to the area. When England took control in 1664, the name was changed to New Jersey for the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel. New Jersey in the Revolutionary War The British army overran Fort Washington in Manhattan, New York, on November 16, 1776. They captured 2,000 Americans as prisoners. The Continental Army fled to New Jersey with the British Army following. The Continental Army crossed the Delaware River and camped...

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