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Morristown is a town in Morris County, New Jersey, United States.
As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 18,544.
Its estimated population in 2004 was 18,842.
It is the county seat of Morris County.
Morristown became characterized as the military capital of the American Revolution
because of its strategic role in the war for independence from Great Britain.
The area was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years prior to exploration by Europeans.
The first European settlements in this portion of New Jersey were established by the Swedes and Dutch
in the early 1600s where a significant trade in furs existed between the natives and the Europeans at
It became part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, but the English seized control of the region in 1664,
which was granted to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton,
as the Province of New Jersey.
In British colonial records, the first permanent European settlement at Morristown occurred in 1715,
when a village was founded as New Hanover by migrants from New York and Connecticut.
Morris County was created on March 15, 1739, from portions of Hunterdon County.
The county was named for the popular Governor of the Province, Lewis Morris, who championed
benefits for the colonists.
Following the American Revolution the former colony became the state of New Jersey and
almost one hundred years after the American Revolution began, Morristown was incorporated as a
town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 6, 1865, within Morris Township, and it was formally
set off from the township in 1895.
Morristown is not to be confused with Moorestown, a township much farther south in New Jersey.
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