Special Report

100 American Towns Founded Before the American Revolution

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21. Swedesboro, New Jersey
> Founded: 1638
> Population: 2,606

A southern New Jersey town was founded by a group of Swedes and Finns.

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22. Newport, Rhode Island
> Founded: 1639
> Population: 24,570

Founded by English settlers led by strong-willed Anne Hutchinson, who was driven out of Massachusetts for her religious views.

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23. Guilford, Connecticut
> Founded: 1639
> Population: 22,375

Native Americans sold land to Puritans led by Henry Whitfield.

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24. Fairfield, Connecticut
> Founded: 1639
> Population: 59,404

Fairfield one of the four earliest towns founded by the English in Connecticut in the 17th century.

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25. Braintree, Massachusetts
> Founded: 1640
> Population: 37,066

Braintree, named after the English town, was called Monoticut, an Algonquian word meaning “abundance.”

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26. Stamford, Connecticut
> Founded: 1641
> Population: 127,410

Founded by Puritans, Stamford became a manufacturing hub and is now home to multinational corporations.

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27. Warwick, Rhode Island
> Founded: 1642
> Population: 81,881

Samuel Gorton founded Warwick after he bought the land from the Narragansett Native Americans.

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28. Chester, Pennsylvania
> Founded: 1644
> Population: 34,056

Originally settled in 1644 by the Swedes, Quakers led by William Penn made it a colonial settlement in 1681. Chester is the oldest city in Pennsylvania.

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29. Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
> Founded: 1645
> Population: 5,136

Manchester-by-the-Sea, backdrop to many movies, was founded by English settlers. The name changed in 1990 to distinguish it from other towns named Manchester.

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30. Yonkers, New York
> Founded: 1646
> Population: 199,725

Dutch founder Adrian Van der Donck was the first lawyer in New Netherlands colony that would become New York in 1644.

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