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New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Northeastern United States. It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by Delaware Bay and the State of Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 8,882,190 residents as of 2019 and an area of 8,722.58 square miles, making it the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. Its largest city is Newark. All but one county in New Jersey lie within the combined statistical areas of New York City or Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.
New Jersey was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenape along the coast. In the early 17th century, the Dutch and the Swedes founded the first European settlements in the state. The English later seized control of the region, naming it the Province of New Jersey after the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, and granting it as a colony to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton. New Jersey was the site of several important battles during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.
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The Ambush of Geary
was a skirmish of the American Revolutionary War
fought on December 14, 1776 near Ringoes
in Amwell Township
, Hunterdon County
, New Jersey
Francis Geary, the leader of a company of dragoons, was shot in an ambush set up by local militiamen.
After British forces captured New York City in the first part of the New York and New Jersey campaign, they established outposts throughout central New Jersey. Geary, the son of Admiral Sir Francis Geary, was operating from a station at Pennington when he was killed in the ambush. His body was concealed and later buried in a shallow grave, preventing its recovery by British troops. In the 19th century local historical interest led to the confirmation of his grave's location, and the establishment of markers at the site and in England.
Making a casualty of Geary was one of a number of militia actions that resulted in a reduced scope of British reconnaissance, contributing to the eventual success of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware and success at Trenton.
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The following are images from various New Jersey-related articles on Wikipedia.
The New Jersey State Quarter
High-rise residential complexes in the borough of Fort Lee
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.
Paterson, known as the "Silk City", has become a prime destination for an internationally diverse pool of immigrants, with at least 52 distinct ethnic groups.
The Great Falls of the Passaic River
The relative location of the New Netherland and New Sweden settlements in eastern North America
Michael Schleisser and the "Jersey man-eater" as seen in the Bronx Home News
A map of the 107-mile long Morris Canal across northern New Jersey
A heat map showing median income distribution by county in New Jersey
Map of New Jersey showing major transportation networks and cities
New Jersey population distribution
A fleet of naval forces being constructed in the Camden shipyards
The Province of New Jersey, Divided into East and West, commonly called The Jerseys,
1777 map by William Faden
A modern map which approximates the relative size and location of the settled areas of New Netherland and New Sweden, which was never officially recognized by the Dutch Republic
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