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Middle Atlantic Region's History and People, Part 1



Middle Atlantic Region's History and People, Part 1
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     challenging words:    abolitionists, africans, slavery, capitals, ratify, imagine, turnpike, illegal, without, settled, tribe, however, separate, goods, western, northern
     content words:    Imagine Manhattan, New Jersey, Benjamin Franklin, Middle Atlantic Region, Iroquois Indians, In Pennsylvania, Delaware River, Susquehannock River, Other Iroquois, In New York


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Middle Atlantic Region's History and People, Part 1
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     Imagine Manhattan without skyscrapers. Try to picture New Jersey without its turnpike. What if you could see Benjamin Franklin strolling through the streets of Philadelphia? If you travel back into history, this is what you will see. These are the pictures of the past in the Middle Atlantic Region.
 
2     Before the first immigrants came, the Algonquian and Iroquois Indians lived in this region. The Delaware or Leni-Lenape lived in New Jersey. They were Algonquian. Their group had three tribes called the Minsi, the Unami, and the Unalactigo. In Pennsylvania, the Leni-Lenape lived near the Shawnee tribe. They lived on the coast of the Delaware River. The Susquehannock tribe were Iroquois. They lived along the Susquehannock River in Pennsylvania. Other Iroquois tribes, the Erie and Seneca, lived in western Pennsylvania. In New York, the Iroquois and the Algonquian tribes lived peacefully. The Iroquois tribes were part of the Iroquois Confederacy. This group included the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, and the Seneca.
 
3     The Dutch were the first to come to the region in 1609. They settled in parts of New York and New Jersey. The southern end of Manhattan Island was called New Amsterdam. It was started in 1626. The Dutch also owned parts of Pennsylvania. However, they did not have this area for long. England gained control of all three areas in 1664.

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