iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #44
WALKED ON OCTOBER 9, 2010
On Saturday, October 9, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked 2 hours in Bordentown, NJ. I then walked for 1 hour at the Columbus Farmer’s Market in Columbus, NJ. I then walked for an additional 2 hours in Mansfield, NJ.
Highlights of the New Jersey leg of the tour:
- The weather was beautiful. 55 in the morning and 65 by the time we finished. Sunny and clear.
- Bordentown, NJ was pretty and an interesting place to walk.
- The Columbus Farmer’s Market had an Amish section that made me feel like I was in the middle of Amish Country. Amazing food and crafts.
- Mansfield, NJ was pretty and also proved to be an interesting place to walk.
- We didn’t hit too much traffic while driving from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. This was refreshing, as I’ve been hitting a ton of traffic the past few days.
As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to
by clicking the button right below these words.
Here are pictures from my walk.
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Here are 5 fast facts about New Jersey:
- New Jersey lies largely within the sprawling metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia. It is the most densely populated state in the United States.
- In the 19th century, factories in cities such as Paterson and Trenton helped to drive the Industrial Revolution. New Jersey’s position at the center of the Northeast megalopolis, between Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., fueled its rapid growth through the suburban boom of the 1950s and beyond. Today, New Jersey has the highest population density and the second highest median income of any state in the United States. Only Maryland has a higher median income.
- New Jersey can be thought of as five regions, based on natural geography and population. Northeastern New Jersey, the Gateway Region, lies within the New York metropolitan area, and some residents commute into the city to work. Northwestern New Jersey, or the “Skylands”, is, compared to the northeast, more wooded, rural, and mountainous, but still a popular place to live. The “Shore”, along the Atlantic Coast in the central-east and southeast, has its own natural, residential, and lifestyle characteristics owing to its location by the ocean. The central-west and southwest are within metropolitan Philadelphia, and are included in the Delaware Valley. The fifth region is the Pine Barrens in the interior of the southern part. Covered rather extensively by mixed pine and oak forest, it has a much lower population density than much of the rest of the state.
- New Jersey was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution. The New Jersey Constitution of 1776 was passed July 2, 1776, just two days before the Second Continental Congress declared American Independence from Great Britain. It was an act of the Provincial Congress, which made itself into the state Legislature. To reassure neutrals, it provided that it would become void if New Jersey reached reconciliation with Great Britain.
George Washington rallying his troops at the Battle of Princeton. New Jersey representatives Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, and Abraham Clark were among those who signed the United States Declaration of Independence. During the American Revolutionary War, British and American armies crossed New Jersey numerous times, and several pivotal battles took place in the state. Because of this, New Jersey today is often referred to as “The Crossroads of the Revolution.” The winter quarters of the revolutionary army were established there twice by General George Washington in Morristown, which was called the military capital of the revolution. On December 25, 1776, the Continental Army under George Washington crossed the Delaware River. After the crossing, he surprised and defeated the unprepared Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton. Slightly more than a week after victory at Trenton, on January 3, 1777, American forces gained an important victory by stopping General Cornwallis’s charges at the Second Battle of Trenton. By evading Cornwallis’s army, Washington made a surprise attack on Princeton, and successfully defeated the British forces there. Emanuel Leutze’s painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware became an icon of the Revolution.
- On December 18, 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the United States Constitution, which was overwhelmingly popular in New Jersey, as it prevented New York and Pennsylvania from charging and keeping tariffs on goods imported from Europe. On November 20, 1789, the state became the first in the newly formed Union to ratify the Bill of Rights. The 1776 New Jersey State Constitution gave the vote to “all inhabitants” who had a certain level of wealth. This included women and blacks, but not married women, because they could not own property separately from their husbands. Both sides, in several elections, claimed that the other side had had unqualified women vote, and mocked them for use of “petticoat electors” (entitled to vote or not); on the other hand, both parties passed Voting Rights Acts. In 1807, the legislature passed a bill interpreting the constitution to mean universal white male suffrage, excluding paupers. (This was less revolutionary than it sounds: the “constitution” was itself only an act of the legislature.)
Next stop, Pennsylvania.