New Jersey Early History Trivia
What do you know about
New Jersey Early History?
Alan's US States Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.
New Jersey was first settled by Paleo Indians after the Wisconsin
Glacier melted. Around 11,000 BC they had settled in southern New
Jersey. By 10,500 BC they settled in northern areas. Paleo Indians
were hunter gathers. They moved as soon as game became scarce.
2) Around the year 1000, American Indian
group known as the Lenape, settled in New Jersey.
What was the Lenape later called?
- Delaware Indians
- Dover Indians
- Liberty Indians
3) In 1524, who, sailing in the
service of France, explored the Jersey Coast including Sandy
Hook and the Narrows which bear his name.
- John Henry Alcott
- Roger Clark
- Giovanni da Verrazzano
4) In 1609, Sir Henry Hudson explored the
East Coast including the Delaware, Raritan, Newark, New York
bays and the Hudson Valley.
Who did he sail the
- British Royal Company
- Dutch East India Company
- German Exploration Company
5) During the next four years, on somewhat
secretive missions, Adriaen Block explored and mapped the coast
along Delaware, New Jersey, Long Island, and New England, naming
it for the first time New Netherlands.
6) The settlement, located at the mouth of
Big Timber Creek where it enters the Delaware River is the first
known permanent European built structure in what would become
the state of New Jersey.
What was the settlement’s
- Fort Nassau
- Fort Tiegonderga
- Fort Ungerman
7) Part of southwestern New Jersey was settled by the Swedes
by the mid-17th century. New Sweden, rose to its height under
governor Johan Björnsson Printz (1643–53).
New Sweden founded?
8) Printz helped to improve the military and
commercial status of the colony by constructing Fort Nya
Elfsborg, near present-day Salem on the east side of the
Fort Nya Elfsborg is near what
9) New Jersey was one of the original
thirteen colonies that joined in the struggle for independence
from Great Britain. Many of the New Jersey settlers still felt
ties of loyalty to the British crown, and many slaves sided with
the British in exchange for freedom. The loyalists included the
governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, son of Benjamin
10) On December 18, 1787, New Jersey became
the third state to ratify the United States Constitution, which
was overwhelmingly popular in New Jersey, as it prevented New
York and Pennsylvania from charging and keeping tariffs on goods
imported from Europe.
What was the date of New
Jersey’s ratification on the US Constitution?
- December 8, 1787
- December 18, 1787
- December 28, 1787