Located in the middle of the 13 original colonies, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were propriety colonies, ruled by landowners granted the land by the rulers of England, France and the Netherlands.
The History of the Middle Colonies The Middle Colonies of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were founded in the early to late 1600s depending on the colony.
Appointment of Governors As the Middle Colonies of New York and New Jersey grew, their owners, who lived overseas in England, decided to appoint governors to help them rule their holdings in the new world. To help with the running of their part of the respective colony, these governors, in turn, allowed the colonist to elect representatives to help run the day-to-day affairs of the two colonies. While these representatives did contribute to the establishment of laws in their area, they did not have much power. Pennsylvania also utilized representatives elected by the colonists to help run their affairs. Unlike the colonies of New York and New Jersey, Pennsylvanians had more power, having the ability to approve or reject laws. Delaware, on the other hand, was dependent on its mother colony, Pennsylvania, and didn't have an independent government until 1776.
The American Revolution One issue that really affected the colonists in the Middle Colonies was taxation. The King of England demanded that the colonists pay him taxes for being his subjects. The colonists, on the other hand, thought it was unfair to have to pay taxes without having equal representation in the colonies. As the dispute grew it led to the colonists to take up arms against the crown, leading to the Revolutionary War. It was in the Middle Colonies of Pennsylvania and New York that opposition to the crown was most vehement. It was in Pennsylvania that the founding fathers met and signed the Declaration of Independence, leading to the birth of America as a country.