New Brunswick in the Early 1800s (New Jersey)
by John P. Wall | NJHS 1922 | 4pp | PDF 117K | $1.00 | A1
Long the depot for reception of grain from Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex, and Somerset counties (New Jersey), Raritan Landing would occasionallly see as many as five hundred Conestoga wagons laden with produce per day. Merchants would buy goods for cash and transport them in their own ships to larger markets in Jamaica, Hispaiola, Charleston, Savannah and other ports. The emergence of steam power changed the face of New Brunswick and the Raritan River trade. The completion of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in 1833 greatly increased the commercial prominence of this city.