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Province of New Jersey

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The original provinces of West and East New Jersey are shown in yellow and green respectively. The Keith Line is shown in red, and the Coxe and Barclay line is shown in orange
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The original provinces of West and East New Jersey are shown in yellow and green respectively. The Keith Line is shown in red, and the Coxe and Barclay line is shown in orange

The Province of New Jersey was an English colony that existed eventually within the boundaries of the current state of New Jersey prior to the American Revolution.

The land of the province was part of the New Netherlands colony acquired from the Dutch and given to James, Duke of York as part of the Province of New York. Part of the New York province between the Hudson River and the Delaware was then given by James to George Carteret in exchange for settlement of a debt. The new province was named after the Island of Jersey, which was Carteret's ancestral home. Originally it was divided into two provinces, East Jersey and West Jersey, which were later united as a single province.

The original boundaries of the province were slightly larger than the current state and extended into present New York state.


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