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New Sweden

Nya Sverige
1638–1655
Flag of New Sweden
Map of New Sweden ca. 1650 by Amandus Johnson
Map of New Sweden ca. 1650
by Amandus Johnson
Status Swedish colony
Capital Fort Christina
Common languages Swedish, Finnish
King/Queen of Sweden  
• 1632–1654
Christina
• 1654–1660
Charles X Gustav
Governor  
• 1638
Peter Minuit
• 1638–1640
Måns Nilsson Kling
• 1640–1643
Peter Hollander Ridder
• 1643–1653
Johan Björnsson Printz
• 1653–1654
Johan Papegoja
• 1654–1655
Johan Risingh
Historical era Colonial period
• Established
1638
• Dutch conquest
1655
• Peach Tree War
1655
Currency Swedish riksdaler
Preceded by
Succeeded by
New Netherland
Susquehannock
New Netherland
Today part of  United States

New Sweden (Swedish: Nya Sverige, Finnish: Uusi-Ruotsi) was a Swedish colony in North America that existed from 1638 through 1655. It was in the modern day states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Its capital was Fort Christina, modern-day Wilmington.

New Sweden was captured by the Dutch in 1655, and incorporated into New Netherland.

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