Delaware and New Jersey: A Microcosm of the Colonial North

William E. Nelson

in The Common Law in Colonial America

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199937752
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199301539 | DOI:
Delaware and New Jersey: A Microcosm of the Colonial North

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Although the law of East Jersey was influenced by New York and by its early Puritan settlers from New England, West Jersey and Delaware were legal satellites of Pennsylvania. West Jersey was an earlier Quaker colony whose law quickly fell under the influence of the Philadelphia bar, and Delaware, initially settled by Swedes and Dutch, was taken over by Penn after he established Pennsylvania. By the early 1700s, when East and West Jersey were combined into the royal colony of New Jersey, the common law was firmly in place both in that colony and in Delaware.

Keywords: common law; New York; Philadelphia; Puritans; Quakers

Chapter.  9888 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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