Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - New Jersey
New Jersey was the third of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, on December 18, 1787. The 2000 census has New Jersey's population at 8,414,350, ranking 9th in the US. With a total area of 8,721 square miles, the state ranks 47th in size. New Jersey's capital is Trenton; its largest city is Newark.
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New Jersey State Bird: Eastern goldfinch
New Jersey State Flower: Purple violet
New Jersey State Motto: Liberty and prosperity
New Jersey State Tree: Red Oak
Nickname: The Garden State
The geographic center of New Jersey lies in Mercer County, 5 miles SE of Trenton. At 1,803, the aptly named High Point, in High Point State Park near the New York border, is the state's highest point. In 1664 the Duke of York gave a patent to John Berkeley and Sir George Carteret to be called Nova Caesaria, or New Jersey, after England's Isle of Jersey.
Brief History: The Italian explorer Verrazano visited the area in 1524, followed by Henry Hudson in 1609. The Lenni Lenape (Delaware) peoples lived in the area at the time, and had mostly peaceful relations with the colonists who arrived in the mid-17th century. The first permanent European settlement was founded in 1660 by the Dutch at Bergen (now Jersey City). In 1664 the British took the area between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers; known as New Netherland the region was given to Lord john Berkeley and Sire George Carteret. New Jersey was the scene of nearly 100 battles of the American Revolution, large and small, including Trenton, 1776; Princeton, 1777; and Monmouth, 1778.
New Jersey shares the Statue of Liberty National Monument with the state of New York. Other New Jersey attractions include some 127 miles of beaches; the Miss America Pageant, Atlantic City; Grover Cleveland birthplace, Caldwell, Cape May Historic District; Edison National historic Site, West Orange; Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson; Liberty State Park, jersey City; Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford; Pine Barrens wilderness area; Princeton University; numerous Revolutionary War historical sites; and the State Aquarium in Camden.