New Sweden

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New Sweden

Nya Sverige
1638–1655
Coat of arms
Map of New Sweden ca. 1650 by Amandus Johnson
Map of New Sweden ca. 1650
by Amandus Johnson
StatusSwedish colony
CapitalFort Christina
Common languagesSwedish, Finnish
King/Queen of Sweden 
• 1632–1654
Christina
• 1654–1660
Charles X Gustav
Governor 
• 1638
Peter Minuit
• 1638–1640
Måns Nilsson Kling
• 1640–1643
Peter Hollander Ridder
• 1643–1653
Johan Björnsson Printz
• 1653–1654
Johan Papegoja
• 1654–1655
Johan Risingh
Historical eraColonial period
• Established
1638
1655
1655
CurrencySwedish riksdaler
Preceded by
Succeeded by
New Netherland
Susquehannock
New Netherland
Today part of United States

New Sweden (Swedish: Nya Sverige, Finnish: Uusi-Ruotsi) was a Swedish colony in North America that existed from 1638 through 1655.[1] It was in the modern day states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Its capital was Fort Christina, modern-day Wilmington.

New Sweden was captured by the Dutch in 1655, and incorporated into New Netherland.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Delaware". World Statesmen. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to New Sweden at Wikimedia Commons