Colonial New Jersey from Contact to Revolution

The first part of the talk will explore the creation of ‘New Jersey’ including the development of East and West Jersey and the origins of some of the state’s most distinctive features that remain today. We will then examine the state’s growth as a center for agricultural development and as a key transportation network; we will also consider tensions surrounding land ownership and taxation on the eve of revolution.

Jonathan Mercantini
Assistant Professor of History, Kean University

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