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New Jersey's early colonial history was involved with that of New York (New Netherlands), of which it was a part. One year after the Dutch surrender to England in 1664, New Jersey was organized as an English colony under Gov. Philip Carteret.
In 1676 the colony was divided between Carteret and a company of English Quakers who had obtained the rights belonging to John, Lord Berkeley. New Jersey became a united crown colony in 1702, administered by the royal governor of New York. Finally, in 1738, New Jersey was separated from New York under its own royal governor, Lewis Morris. Because of its key location between New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey saw much fighting during the American Revolution.
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Casino gambling has stimulated development in a city whose halcyon days were further back than most citizens cared to remember. Since 1978 nearly a dozen casino-hotels have opened, primarily situated along the Boardwalk area. The marina area, which opens onto the Absecon Inlet northwest of the Boardwalk and casino-hotel strip, also has felt the effects of the city's revitalization.
What was to become a leading East Coast resort during the late 1800s began as a fishing village at the north end of Absecon Island, a swath of sand separated from the mainland by a maze of bays, inlets and salt marshes. It probably would have remained so had not someone noted that the configuration of the coast spared the island some heavy storms, and that the nearness of the Gulf Stream tempered its climate.