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Book Introduction

     It has been said that New Jersey’s greatest natural resource is its location. With New York City to the north, Pennsylvania to the west, Delaware to the southwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, New Jersey is part of the sprawling metropolitan areas of New York and Philadelphia. Millions of New Jerseyites cross state lines to go to work, creating a vast network of affluent and middle-class bedroom communities across the Hudson River from New York and across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. As a result of its unique location, New Jersey has more millionaire residents than any other state.

Crossroads of the American Revolution

      Originally settled by Dutch and Swedish immigrants in the early 1600s, New Jersey became a pivotal battlefield of the American Revolutionary War. After demoralizing defeats at the hands of the British in New York and New Jersey in the early months of the war, General George Washington led his troops across the icy Delaware River in a Christmas Day surprise attack at the famous Battle of Trenton. It was the first of a series of victories that gave the colonists the confidence to keep fighting. Other historic, revolutionary sites include Washington’s headquarters in Morristown, known as the military capital of the Revolution.   

A Microcosm of America

     From densely populated cities like Jersey City and Newark to Atlantic City and numerous Jersey Shore resorts, to the pristine beauty of the Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey and its nearly nine million residents create an ever-changing tapestry of America.

     Through the experienced eyes of photographer, William Taylor, “New Jersey: A Photographic Portrait” takes you on a sweeping, visual tour of the cultural and historic treasures of its cities and the vast and surprising natural resources of a diverse and beautiful state.

     Turn the pages and visit the famous, white beaches and action-packed boardwalks of Wildwood, Mt. Pleasant, Seaside Heights, Ocean City and other resort towns on the 127-mile Jersey Shore that attract vacationers from around the world.  Travel to the historic resorts on Cape May at the southernmost tip of the state.      

     Be amazed at the fragile beauty of the vast Meadowlands, just minutes from New York’s Time Square. Tour the historic sites along the Delaware-Raritan Canal State Park, and visit the Charles Lindbergh estate on the forested ridges of the Highlands. Explore the Great Swamp Refuge and paddle along the river through the scenic Delaware Water Gap. By touring New Jersey’s great attractions, you’ll see the very best of America. 

 




   
CAPE MAY (left)
With “Cape May” painted on its side, a colorful, wooden rowboat rests on the beach as the sun casts its fading, golden light. In the background beachfront hotels and cottages line the sands and give guests a front-row seat to this beautiful stretch of beach and the ocean waves that caress the shore.

VIOLET DUSK (right)
The last rays of sunset cast a violet and orange glow on the ocean side of Cape May Island, the southernmost point of New Jersey. The ocean and wide beachfront are impeccably clean with beautiful breakers and a gentle slope. The bay side of the island has a wildlife refuge and is the summer home for hundreds of dolphins.
 
 

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