By F. Topper/C. Wills
A heritage of recent Jersey, from its early exploration and cost to the country this present day.
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There was little hope of advancement for one group of New Jerseyans, however: African slaves. Slavery played a fairly important role in the colony's economy; by the 1770s, as many as 10,000 slaves lived in New Jersey. But not all New Jerseyans accepted slavery. As early as 1750, the Quakers would not allow slaveowners to attend their religious meetings. Page 15 New Jersey and the Revolutionary War By the 1760s, tensions ran high between the British government and its American colonies. To pay the costs of its lengthy war against the French in North America, the British Parliament imposed taxes on the colonists.
Eventually, all but a handful of the "original people" were driven from New Jersey. Today, very little remains of the Lenape culture. What does endure are the many places in New Jersey with names of Lenape origin, such as Raritan, Absecon, Passaic, Hackensack, Tuckahoe, Watchung, and Hoboken. After being molded and decorated, the pots were baked in the sun until they became hard. A Swedish settler drew this view of a Lenape couple. The man and woman are wearing wampum belts (made from beads used as currency in trade); the father also wears the traditional Lenape man's feather headdress.
The laughs are misplaced. For one thing, New Jerseyans are proud of their state. In poll after poll, most residents of the Garden State say they wouldn't live anywhere else. Secondly, New Jersey has a long, proud history of innovation, industry, and invention: New Jersey was the site of the nation's first planned industrial town, and the telegraph, the light bulb, and the telecommunications satellite were all developed in New Jersey. Today the state's high-tech businesses and research institutes set a standard of excellence the rest of the nation strives to match.