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Updated on November 29, 2012

From the North

The Founding of the Middle Colonies

The founding of the Middle Colonies has its own history, as well. The Dutch found these areas on their quest westward to the Indies. An Englishman, Captain Henry Hudson, was sent and soon located the Hudson River, which led to Indians living along the shoreline. These Indians were trading partners for furs.

In 1623 the Dutch sent expeditions to lives along the Hudson River. This new colony was formed and called the New Netherlands. The governor of the Dutch purchased Manhattan Island from the Indians for $24.00 of beads and trinkets.

Sweden also wanted a colony, in order to trade in America. Arriving to settle in Delaware in 1638, this was accomplished. Later the Dutch took the land after their Governor Peter Minuit had been forced to resign and began assisting the Swedish colony. In 1664, war began between the Dutch and the English. The British took the fleet to New Netherlands and overtook the colony. New Netherlands became New York; the New Jersey area was named after the Duke of York.

Religion’s Attempt to Be Exploited in the Middle Colonies

There were many nationalities in the areas of the founded Middle Colonies, which included: the Scottish, Irish, English, Quakers, Germans, Welsh, and French Colonists. The Quakers and Dutch colonies believed in toleration religion, while welcoming the Germans to the area. Groups of Dutch Mennonites, French Huguenots, German Baptists, Portuguese Jews, Dutch Reformed, Lutherans, Quakers, and Anglians populated the Middle Colonies, too.

African slaves and the Indians (Moravians and other tribes) practiced religions of their own. William Penn was convinced that in religion “force makes hypocrites”, that issue was a basis for his advocacy on his policy; of religious tolerance. Mutual social mixing, economic interdependence, and intermarriage fogged the focus on religious differences and thus reduced their important biblical structures within the communities of the green America. Lastly, Delaware was settled by Scandinavian Lutherans and the Dutch Reformed. During the 18th century Delaware became increasingly British; Church of England was most popular.

The Economy of the Middle Colonies/Summary

The economy for the middle colonies was dependent on farmers, manufacturing clocks, watches, guns, locks, cloth, and slaves from West Africa. Those societies, New England and the Middle Colonies, have challenging histories with a mutual need: The need to explore; to locate, in order to exploit their ways of life for survival.

The need for runaway societies, causing social disorganization from over the Atlantic, became the number one priority; even if it meant stealing souls. In comparison to current day America;


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The Native American’s were highly involved in the development of American colonies. The histories of American colonies are intriguing and deserve to continue to be researched thoroughly.


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