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A heritage of recent Jersey, from its early exploration and payment to the nation at the present time.

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These two photographs, both taken in 1906, show summer at the shore young bathers sunning themselves and swimmers dodging ocean waves while the less adventurous survey the scene from one of Atlantic City's many piers. film; in 1893, the world's very first motion-picture studio was built on the grounds of the West Orange facility. By the time Edison died at West Orange in 1931, he had more than 1,000 patents to his credit. Advances in education kept pace: In 1871, the Stevens Institute, one of America's first technical schools, was founded.

Berkeley soon sold West Jersey to William Penn, a leading member of the religious group known as the Society of Friends, or Quakers. Penn founded the colony of Pennsylvania as a haven for Quakers, who had been cruelly persecuted in England and New England, and others in search of religious freedom. Penn devoted most of his energy to building the city of Philadelphia, but many Quaker towns were established on the Jersey side of the Delaware. The rivalry between New York and New Jersey intensified in 1679, when New York's governor, Sir Edmund Andros, demanded that New Jerseyans pay taxes to New York.

Hudson explored the New Jersey coastline and sailed the Half Moon far up the Hudson River, but found no such passage. The Native Americans Hudson encountered, however, had plenty of furs. Animal skins were in great demand in Europe, and the Dutch lost no time in establishing fur-trading posts along the Hudson. They soon founded settlements at present-day Albany and on Manhattan Island. This 1874 painting by Albert Bierstadt shows Henry Hudson's ship Half Moon on the Hudson River; a party of Indians is setting out from shore to greet the explorers.

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