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Giovanni da Verrazano, in 1524, was the first European to explore
the area we know today as New Jersey. One of the original 13
states (it joined the Union in 1787), it was named after the
island of Jersey in the English Channel.
New Jersey is referred to as the "Garden
State" because of its fertile farmland. General George
Washington won a key Revolutionary War battle at Trenton when he
crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania and surprised the
Hessian soldiers stationed there.
Trenton is the state capital, and the flower is the
purple violet. "Atlantic City, a resort town and former home
to the Miss America pageant, attracts visitors from around the