# The garden state
New Jersey the Garden State
Located in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern region of the United States, New Jersey was initially inhabited by Native Americans for almost 3,000 years. The Lenape, later taking the name Delaware Tribes, were the dominant group when Europeans arrived in the early 17th century. The name itself means “original people and the language of their time was Algonquian. The Delaware Indians lived in various parts of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware when the explores first began to settle in the area. Currently, we refer to these tribes as natives rather than Indians as they were respectfully the first Native Americans of the area.