The first recorded instance of a submarine attack on a ship occurred off the coast of New Jersey during the American Civil War. On February 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley attacked and sank the Union ship USS Housatonic near Charleston, South Carolina, while on its way from New Jersey.
Atlantic County, located in the southeastern part of New Jersey, has a rich history that stretches back to precolonial times. The land that is now Atlantic County was originally home to the Lenape Native American tribe, who had an established society based on fishing, hunting, and agriculture. European settlers began arriving in the area in the 17th century, with English, Dutch, and Swedish colonizers trading with the Lenape for furs and other resources.

In 1694, Atlantic County was officially established as a part of Gloucester County. However, it wasn't until 1837 that the county was formally organized and separated from Gloucester County. The name "Atlantic" was chosen due to the region's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The county saw rapid growth and development in the 19th century, thanks to improvements in transportation, especially the construction of the Camden and Atlantic Railroad.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Atlantic County experienced a boom in population and tourism. The seaside resorts of Atlantic City and Margate became popular destinations, attracting wealthy vacationers from cities like Philadelphia and New York. Atlantic City became particularly famous for its boardwalk and casino industry, establishing its reputation as the "Las Vegas of the East."

However, the county also faced challenges in the 20th century. The Great Depression of the 1930s hit Atlantic City hard, leading to a decline in tourism and economic instability. In recent years, efforts have been made to revitalize the county, with a focus on diversifying the economy beyond tourism and casinos. Atlantic County continues to be an important center for agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare, while also preserving its historical and cultural heritage.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Atlantic County, New Jersey.

  • 1673 - The land that would later become Atlantic County is discovered and explored by English settlers.
  • 1837 - Atlantic County is officially established as a county in the state of New Jersey.
  • 1854 - The City of Atlantic City is incorporated as a separate municipality within Atlantic County.
  • 1870 - The first railroad reaches Atlantic City, spurring a period of growth and development.
  • 1884 - The famous Boardwalk is constructed in Atlantic City, becoming a popular attraction.
  • 1920s - Atlantic City experiences a period of prosperity and becomes a popular tourist destination.
  • 1944 - The first legal casino opens in Atlantic City, marking the beginning of the city's casino industry.
  • 1976 - Gambling is legalized in New Jersey, leading to a boom in casino construction in Atlantic City.
  • 1989 - The Showboat Casino Hotel becomes the first casino to open a hotel tower in Atlantic City.
  • 2013 - The Revel Casino Hotel opens and closes within a year, reflecting the decline of Atlantic City's casino industry.
  • 2015 - Atlantic City files for bankruptcy, facing financial troubles and declining revenues.