Burlington Island

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Burlington Island is a 300-acre (1.2 km2) island located in the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the United States. Burlington Island is officially part of the city of Burlington, in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. It is an uninhabited scenic landmark in the Delaware River.[1] Burlington Island Lake, is a large lake-within-an-island-within-a-river.

Fort Wilhelmus[edit]

The indigenous Lenape population called the island Matennecunk. In 1624, Cornelius Mey, the first Director of New Netherland planted an initial settlement of two families and eight men on what they called Hooghe Eylandt (High Island), making it the site of the first European settlement in what would become New Jersey. The factorij, or trading-post, called Fort Wilhelmus was completed under the direction of the 2nd director, Willem Verhulst, who lent his name to the island.[2] Originally the Dutch West India Company intended to create a headquarters for the new province of New Netherland at what they called the Zuydt Rivier, or South River. In 1626, Peter Minuit decided to shift the base of operations to Manhattan Island, and move the trading post further south to what became Fort Nassau, one of many to be built along the river within the European colonies of New Netherland and New Sweden.

Though relations between the Lenni Lenape and the colonists were generally peaceful, Burlington Island witnessed one of the few murders of that era. In 1671, two Dutchmen were slaughtered by Tashiowycan and Wyannattamo.[1] The Lenape then promised to kill the braves responsible; the murder is the first recorded in New Jersey's history.[3]

Burlington Island Trust[edit]

Burlington Island came under the jurisdiction of The Board of Island Managers in 1682.[4] The Board of Island Managers is a trust created to create funds to educate the youth of the city of Burlington.[5] It is the longest continuously operating trust board in the United States.[6]


  1. ^ a b Burlington Island. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  2. ^ Moeller, Roger W. (1985), Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology 1–18, Bethlehem: Archaeolgy Services, p. 101 
  3. ^ Tour Burlington
  4. ^ burlingtonisland Resources and Information. This website is for sale!. burlingtonisland.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  5. ^ Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  6. ^ burlingtonisland Resources and Information. This website is for sale!. burlingtonisland.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.

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Coordinates: 40°5′30″N 74°50′45″W / 40.09167°N 74.84583°W / 40.09167; -74.84583