Friday, 15th of December 2017

Friday, 15th of December 2017

The largest tablet placed by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey commemorates the 300th anniversary of the settlement of the Swedes on the Delaware, and is located at "Old Swedes" Church in Swedesboro. The tablet also memorializes four of the early Governors of New Sweden. A joint gift with the New Jersey Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the tablet was unveiled at a June 30, 1938 ceremony attended by Prince Bertil of Sweden. Over 20 square-feet in area, the tablet occupies much of the wall behind the last row of pews in Old Swedes. It is inscribed as follows:

SwedeSettlement

In Commemoration of the THREE HUNDREDTH
ANNIVERSARY of the SETTLEMENT of the SWEDES
on the DELAWARE in 1638

In GRATEFUL RECOGNITION of their CONTRIBUTIONS
to the RELIGIOUS and CULTURAL LIFE of the NATION

And IN MEMORY of the GOVERNORS of NEW SWEDEN
PETER MINUIT, 1638 ▫ ▫ ▫ PETER HOLLENDER RIDDER, 1640-1643
JOHAN BJORNSSON PRINTZ, 1643-1653 ▫ JOHAN CLASSON RISING, 1653-1655

In this, THE FIRST SWEDISH CHURCH in NEW JERSEY, called by them
the CHURCH at RACOON, ORGANIZED in 1703, CHARTERED in 1765, and
this PRESENT CHURCH BUILT in 1784

THIS TABLET ERECTED BY

THE NEW JERSEY SOCIETY THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL
OF THE COLONIAL DAMES WARS IN THE STATE OF
OF AMERICA NEW JERSEY
MCMXXXVIII

The first Swedish expedition to North America embarked from the port of Gothenburg in late 1637, led by Peter Minuit. New Sweden was formed as a colony centered along both sides of the Delaware River. It existed from 1638 to 1655, at which time the English took control. New Sweden encompassed parts of the present-day states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Along with Swedes and Finns, it was populated by Dutch settlers and a number of Germans who came to the colony as soldiers in the Swedish army.