New Sweden

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Nya Sverige
New Sweden
Swedish colony

 

1638–1655

Flag of Sweden

Map of New Sweden ca. 1650
by Amandus Johnson
Capital Fort Christina
Language(s) Swedish, Finnish
Political structure Colony
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 era Colonial period
 - Established 1638
 - Dutch conquest 1655
 - Peach Tree War 1655
Currency Swedish riksdaler
Today part of  United States

New Sweden (Nya Sverige in Swedish and Uusi-Ruotsi in Finnish) was a small Swedish settlement along the Delaware River on the Mid-Atlantic coast of North America from 1638 to 1655. It was centered at Fort Christina, now in Wilmington, Delaware, and included parts of the present-day American states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Along with Swedes and Finns, a number of the settlers were Dutch. Some Germans also came to the colony as soldiers in the Swedish army.

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