The Colonization of the Middle States and Maryland


Dr. Jones presents a scholarly and readable history of the oft forgotten Middle States, laying between New England on the north and east, and Virginia on the south. “The object of the present narrative is to show, first, that the Middle colonies possessed important characteristics and interests in common... Those men who laid the foundations of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware were too busy with their personal work, too busy with their labor in advancing colonial, and, later, national, interests to spread abroad praise of themselves or to contest with their neighbors to the south or east for control or place.” Early Dutch settlement on the Hudson (1613–1647), Dutch and Swedish settlements on the Delaware (1623–1647), the struggle for possession of the Delaware (1621–1647), Dutch conquest of New Sweden (1647–1655), English conquest of New Netherland (1655–1664), the Dutch under English rule (1664–1685), Lord Baltimore’s experiment (1632–1685), the evolution of New Jersey (1614–1685), Penn’s “Holy Experiment” (1681–1685), the Revolution of 1688, the Middle Colonies after the flight of James II (1692–1714), the French and Indian War (1754–1763), and assumption of Parliamentary control (1763–1765) are all covered. Individual sections are devoted to the growth and development of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland (1714–1754), and the migration of Walloons, Puritans, Huguenots, Quakers, Mennonites, and Lutherans. A chronological table of events, numerous illustrations, maps, and a new full-name index augment the text.


Frederick Robertson Jones, Ph.D.


1904, (2011), 5½x8½, paper, index, 666 pp.

ISBN: 9780788415883