- Mid-Atlantic States
The Mid-Atlantic States (also called "Middle Atlantic States" or simply "Mid Atlantic") form one of the nine geographic divisions within the
United Statesthat are officially recognized by the United States Census Bureau. The division consists of three states: New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.cite web | url =http://www.census.gov/geo/www/us_regdiv.pdf | title="Census Regions and Divisions of the United States" | accessdate=2007-11-03 | language=English] This definition corresponds with the region's traditional definition as the section of the Atlantic Seaboard between New Englandand the South. However, many people consider the Mid-Atlantic to be the states south of the Northeast, centered in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
The traditional Mid-Atlantic States comprise the most densely-populated of the nine U.S. regions, and anchor the megalopolis which runs from
Bostonto Washington, D.C..
From early colonial times, the Mid-Atlantic region was settled by a wider range of European peoples than in New England or the South. The
New Netherlandsettlement along the Hudson River in New York and New Jersey, and for a time New Swedenalong the Delaware River in Delaware, divided the two great bulwarks of English settlement from each other. The original English settlements in the region notably provided refuge to religious minorities, Maryland to Roman Catholics, and Pennsylvania to the Friends and the mostly Anabaptist Pennsylvania Dutch. In time, all these settlements fell under English control, but the region continued to be a magnet for people of diverse nationalities.
Early settlers were mostly farmers and traders and fishermen, and the region, called the
Middle Colonies, served as a strategic bridge between North and South. Philadelphia, midway between the northern and southern colonies, was home to the Continental Congress, the convention of delegates from the original colonies that organized the American Revolution. The same city was the birthplace of the Declaration of Independencein 1776 and the U.S. Constitutionin 1787.
The Middle Atlantic states provided the young United States with
heavy industryand served as the "melting pot" of new immigrants from Europe. Cities grew along major shipping routes and waterways. Such flourishing cities included New York Cityon the Hudson River, Philadelphia on the Delaware River, and Baltimore on the Chesapeake Bay.
Albany, New York
Buffalo, New York
Jersey City, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Newark, New Jersey
Rochester, New York
Trenton, New Jersey
List of regions of the United States
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Mid-Atlantic states — Mid Atlantic Region Regional statistics Composition Delaware … Wikipedia
Mid-Atlantic states — the name given to five eastern US states between New England and the South. They are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. All are on the Atlantic coast except Pennsylvania. * * * … Universalium
Mid-Atlantic states — noun a region of the eastern United States comprising New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Delaware and Maryland • Instance Hypernyms: ↑geographical area, ↑geographic area, ↑geographical region, ↑geographic region • Part Holonyms: ↑United … Useful english dictionary
mid-Atlantic states, the — the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and sometimes Delaware and Maryland … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
(the) mid-Atlantic states — the mid Atlantic states UK US the US states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and sometimes Delaware and Maryland Thesaurus: areas of specific countrieshyponym * * * the Mid Atlantic states [the Mid Atlantic states] … Useful english dictionary
the mid-Atlantic states — UK / US the US states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and sometimes Delaware and Maryland … English dictionary
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on Oceans — Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean Abbreviation MARCO Formation 2009 Type Intergovernmental organization Purpose/focus To maintain and improve the health of the Atlantic Ocean and coastal resources, and ensure that they continue … Wikipedia
Mid-Atlantic United States flood of 2006 — The Delaware River overspilled its banks and overtook U.S. Highway 46 in Columbia, N.J … Wikipedia
Mid-Atlantic — can refer to: Mid Atlantic English, a mix between British English and American English Mid Atlantic Region (Little League World Series), one of the United States geographic divisions of the Little League World Series Mid Atlantic Ridge, an… … Wikipedia
Mid Atlantic — can refer to: The middle of the Atlantic Ocean Mid Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic plate boundary Mid Atlantic states, a region in the United States Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference, an athletic league in the United States Mid Atlantic English, a… … Wikipedia