Although Captain John Smith entered the Susquehanna River in 1608 and Henry Hudson entered Delaware Bay in 1609, the region was not explored extensively until Cornelius Hendricksen came in 1616 and Cornelius Jacobsen came in 1623, both for the Dutch. The Swedes claimed the region of the Delaware River after 1638 and held it until the Dutch took control of the territory in 1655. The English gained control in 1664 and King Charles II granted most of Pennsylvania to William Penn, a Quaker, in 1681. Because of its guarantee of religious freedom, the English colony drew many immigrants.
1616-Explored by Cornelius Hendricksen for the Dutch
1643-Permanently settled by the Swedes
1787-Admitted to the Union as the 2nd state.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1608.
Location. 37° 13.576′ N, 76° 46.958′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road. The
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Delaware (here, next to this marker); Jamestown Settlement (here, next to this marker); New Jersey (here, next to this marker); First Poles (here, next to this marker); Hawaii (a few steps from this marker); Georgia (a few steps from this marker); Alaska (a few steps from this marker); Arizona (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.