Why were the Middle Colonies Founded?
Maryland was at one time a haven for Roman Catholics.
Pennsylvania was founded to provide a refuge for people of the Quaker religion. At one time New Jersey was part of Pennsylvania.
The colonies included: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. Order of the Middle Colonies: New York ~ founded by Peter Minuit (for Dutch) and Duke of York (for England) ~ 1626. Delaware ~ founded by Peter Minuit ~ 1638. New Jersey ~ founded by Lord Berkeley and Sir Carteret ~ 1664 Pennsylvania ~ founded by William Penn ~ 1682.
The Middle Colonies were not exactly founded, though Henry Hudson discovered the area where the middle colonies would be built in 1609. The Dutch then took over soon after. In the 1630's there was a bit of a battle between the Dutch and the Swedes over this land, which the Swedes lost, resulting in the land being called New Netherland by the Dutch. However, England then came along and took away this land from the…