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Perth Amboy, New Jersey’s history goes back to 1651, when the land for the future town was deeded to Augustine Herman by the Leni Lenape people. At that time, the area was known as Ompoge, which was later changed to Emboyle, then Amboyle. When the first homes were constructed in 1683, the settlers began referring to the community as Ambo or Amboy, finally settling on Amboy. The city was incorporated in 1718, at which time it was commonly known as Perth Amboy, and incorporated a second time in 1784, after the American Revolution. Perth Amboy is home to the only official Royal Governor’s Mansion still intact since Colonial times.


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