Along with their holdings in New York, the Dutch settled New Jersey in 1623 as New Netherlands.  The Dutch were joined by the Swedes who were also looking for trade and profits in 1638.

In 1664, the Duke of York granted the English Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley the land between the Hudson and the Delaware River. These men intended to profit from real estate sales. The new land was named New Jersey for Sir Carteret, who was governor of the Isle of Jersey.

Settlers of various religions did not focus much on farming in this colony.  Instead they worked in the lumbering, iron working, and fishing industries for trade and profits.

Economic Industries

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