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Delaware State Report Miss Gerdts April 15, 2010
First inhabited by the Algonquian tribes
Early explorations were made by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 16 th century
Henry Hudson, an English
navigator who worked
for the Dutch, explored
the land in 1609
The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in Deleware by establishing a trading post in Zwandael in 1631
The Swedish followed in 1638 and build Fort Christina. They settled here due to the rich soil and good fishing. Fort Christina
Nautical Chart of Zwandael
In 1651, the Dutch built the New Castle Fort.
In 1664, the English took over the Delaware colony.
William Penn founded the British colony of Pennsylvania and claim the Delaware Colony. He divided it into three counties: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex.
After the Revolutionary War ended, Delaware was the first state to sign the U.S. Constitution and became the the first state on Dec. 7, 1787
State Bird, Flower, and Tree
State Bird: State Flower:
Blue Hen Chicken Peach Blossom
Adopted July 24, 1913
The date on the bottom of the flag represents the date that Delaware became a state.
The shades of buff and colonial blue represent those of the uniform of General George Washington.
Inside the diamond, the flag recognizes the importance of commerce (the ship) and agriculture (wheat, corn, the ox and the farmer) to the state
“ The First State”: Delaware is known by this nickname due to the fact that on December 7, 1787, it became the first of the 13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
“ The Diamond State”: This nickname was given to Delaware, according to legend, by Thomas Jefferson because he described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard.
“ Blue Hen State”: This nickname was given to Delaware after the fighting Blue Hen roosters that were carried with the Delaware Revolutionary War Soldiers for entertainment.
“ Small Wonder”: This nickname is a new nickname. It was given to Delaware because it is geographically small, but has made big contributions it has made to our country.
Delaware was the first state to sign the Constitution on December 7, 1787.