The Middle Colonies


US History European Colonization The Middle Colonies
Students learn about the Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, focusing on the human and physical geography of the region. Then they choose either William Penn or Benjamin Franklin and elaborate on the contributions made by the person.

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In this experience, students learn about the Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, focusing on the human and physical geography of the region. Then they choose either William Penn or Benjamin Franklin and research and describe the person’s contributions.

Objectives:

  • Explain the reasons for the establishment of the colonies of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
  • Describe the economy of the Middle Colonies, including the relationship between the economy and the physical environment.


The original thirteen colonies are generally divided into three groups: New England, Middle Colonies, and Southern Colonies. In this experience, you will learn about the Middle Colonies—New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

Objectives:

  • Explain the reasons for the establishment of the colonies of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
  • Describe the economy of the Middle Colonies, including the relationship between the economy and the physical environment.
Before you start to learn about the Middle Colonies, see if you can identify them on the map below.



Ask students if someone can name the territory that is shown as an extension of eastern New York.

Vermont was never an independent colony. It was part of New France, and later areas of it were claimed by New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. It became a state in 1777.


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