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Trenton (pop. 92,124), capital (since 1790) of New Jersey, situated at the head of navigation on the Delaware River, opposite Pennsylvania. The city was settled in 1679 by Quaker farmers under Mahlon Stacy. In 1714 Stacy's son sold part of the property to William Trent, for whom the city was named. During the American Revolution, Trenton was the site of Gen. George Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware at the head of his troops and the site of their victory over the Hessians (Battle of Trenton, 1776). Trenton, which served as the capital of the United States Nov.-Dec. 1784, developed as an industrial, transportation, and trade center in the 20th century.

See also: New Jersey.

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