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First U.S. States to be Settled by Europeans

Name the states of the U.S. whose territory was the first to have a permanent European settlement.
This quiz defines a permanent settlement as one lasting more than two years
One answer is marked in gold because it is quite surprising!
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Last updated: July 5, 2023
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Year
Country
State
1565
Spain
Florida
1607
England
Virginia
1610
Spain
New Mexico
1614
Netherlands
New York
1620
England
Massachusetts
1623
England
New Hampshire
Year
Country
State
1630
Netherlands
New Jersey
1631
England
Maine
1633
England
Connecticut
1634
France
Wisconsin
1634
England
Maryland
25 Comments
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Level 65
Jul 6, 2023
Fun fact: Sweden had a settlement in modern-day Delaware and Maryland.
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Level 83
Jul 6, 2023
And Pennsylvania
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Level 85
Jul 6, 2023
There's a full size replica of the ship that brought them to Delaware, the 'Kalmar Nyckel,' in Wilmington harbor - unless she's out on an excursion. The same shipwright also recently built a replica of 'Susan Constant," one of the three ships that brought the first settlers to Jamestown.
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Level 84
Jul 14, 2023
Yeah, think Wilmington (DE) is built on an old Swedish fort?
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Level 74
Sep 11, 2023
And New Jersey, too.
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2023
I thought West Virginia would have been settled with Virginia, but apparently it took until 1727 with Germany.
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Level 59
Jul 14, 2023
It took longer I think because of the more rocky terrain that was harder to move around, it didn't grow as many crops as Virginia, and there were Native Americans
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Level 79
Jul 14, 2023
Mountains also played a role. People decided they were happy where they were instead of having to cross heavily-forested mountains with unfriendly wildlife and native people who were not big on sharing their land.
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Level 76
Jul 14, 2023
Turns out there were Native Americans in each soon-to-be U.S. state.
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Level 92
Jul 7, 2023
I should really read the instructions sooner. I saw the gold, and figured it was indicating a territory instead of a state (like DC, USVI or Puerto Rico).
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Level 59
Jul 7, 2023
Here is the Spanish version:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1744710/primeros-estados-de-eeuu-colonizados-por-europeos

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Level 65
Jul 14, 2023
I'll never learn how to write "Massachusetts"
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Level 50
Jul 15, 2023
ditto my friend. ditto.

at least not when there is time pressure!

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Level 52
Jul 14, 2023
The Lost Colony was settled in July of1587, too bad it was the "Lost" Colony or North Carolina would be close to the top. Historically speaking, we still don't know what happened to this settlement.
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Level 69
Jul 14, 2023
Wait, Albany was the first settlement of the Dutch in New York? I was pretty sure it was Nieuw Amsterdam, because of its coastal location and fort... Isn't Albany located very inland? I don't think the Dutch colonized beyond the borders of New Jersey in terms of distance from the Atlantic.

EDIT: After a quick Google search I can confirm Albany came first! The more you know I guess

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Level 75
Jul 14, 2023
Moderately interesting quiz.
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Level 76
Jul 14, 2023
I've only been able to locate that the Wisconsin 1634 date marked an exploratory visit from Europeans and they returned several years later. I don't think it qualifies a settlement.
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Level 58
Jul 14, 2023
Surprised Delaware and Pennsylvania weren't here. And honestly New Mexico was the most surprising for me, given that Texas and California weren't here.
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Level 49
Jul 14, 2023
Why is Wisconsin highlighted in gold?
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Level 54
Jul 14, 2023
"One answer is marked in gold because it is quite surprising!"
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Level 54
Jul 14, 2023
I'm surprised I knew about wisconsin haha
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Level 50
Jul 15, 2023
North Carolina had the lost colony of Roanoke. Established in 1585, disappeared five years later, with no explanation.
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Level 68
Jul 18, 2023
True
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Level 68
Jul 18, 2023
Wisconsin was interesting indeed
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Level 58
Jun 28, 2024
Absurdly low time limit.