What Was the Religion in the Middle American Colonies?

The Middle Colonies accommodated a diverse mix of religions that included Quakers, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Amish, Congregationalists and Jews. Because of various colonial masters in the area, religious traditions from many European countries existed in the area. The Middle Colonies included New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Perhaps the most tolerant of the Middle Colonies was Pennsylvania. It was founded by William Penn, a prominent Quaker who envisioned it as a haven not only for Quakers but for people of all persecuted religious minorities. Pennsylvania attracted colonists from many faith traditions, including Mennonites and Amish, who still contribute to the diversity of the area’s religious landscape. The other colonies also were diverse, but none of them quite so actively as Pennsylvania.