Happy Birthday, New Jersey

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The Garden State turns 350 years old today. On June 24,1664, the Duke of York signed a grant giving the land between the Hudson and Delaware rivers to John, Lord Berkley and Sir George Carteret.

The Province of New Jersey was one of the Middle Colonies of Colonial America and became the U.S. state of New Jersey in 1776. The province had originally been settled by Europeans as part of New Netherland, but came under English rule after the surrender of Fort Amsterdam in 1664, becoming a proprietary colony.

The Dutch Republic reasserted control for a brief period in 1673–1674. After that it consisted of two political divisions, East Jersey and West Jersey, until they were united as a royal colony in 1702. The original boundaries of the province were slightly larger than the current state, extending into a part of the present state of New York, until the border was finalized in 1773.

New Jersey’s rich heritage, unique resources and resilient, determined people are what make this state the place we’re proud to call home. Since its creation in 1664, New Jersey has played a pivotal role in the shaping of American life and culture.

Today our state is home to 21 Fortune 500 companies and more than 1,100 multinational companies from 40 nations. When it comes to art, culture, music, and sports, New Jersey houses hundreds of museums and is the home state to countless film, TV, and music legends; notable literary figures; and acclaimed athletes.

For more information about New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, to read the official blog, and to find celebratory events near you, visit www.officialnj350.com.


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