Delaware State
Report
Miss Gerdts
April 15, 2010
History
• First inhabited by the Algonquian tribes
• Early explorations were made by the Spanish and
Portuguese in the 16t...
• The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in
Deleware by establishing a trading post in Zwandael
in 1631
• The Swedis...
• In 1664, the English took over the Delaware
colony.
• William Penn founded the British colony of
Pennsylvania and claim ...
State Bird, Flower, and Tree
State Bird: State Flower:
Blue Hen Chicken Peach Blossom
State Tree:
American Holly
State Flag
• Adopted July 24, 1913
• The date on the bottom of the flag represents the date that
Delaware became a state.
...
Delaware’s Nicknames
• “The First State”: Delaware is known by this nickname
due to the fact that on December 7, 1787, it ...
Statehood Information
Delaware was the first state to sign the
Constitution on December 7, 1787.
Political Map of Delaware
Physical Map of Delaware
Population of Delaware
1960 1970 1980
446,292 548,104 594,338
1990 2000 2010
666,168 783,600 TBD
Economy
• Agriculture – dairy products, corn, poultry, soy beans,
nursery plants
• Industry - chemical products, automobil...
Weather
Winter Averages Summer Averages
42-47 degrees F 80-88 degrees F
Average Yearly Rainfall
54 inches
Natural Resources
• Major Bodies of Water – Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay,
Delaware River
• Minerals – magnesium, sand and ...
Places to Visit in Delaware
• Delaware Memorial Bridge – the longest twin span
suspension bridge in the world
• Barratt’s ...
Famous People
Eleutherer Irene Dupont – started a company that
manufactured gun powder and eventually became
E.I. duPont d...
Henry Heimlich – an American physician who is
credited as the inventor of abdominal thrusts for
choking rescue
Heimlich Ma...
ResourcesEnchantedLearning.Com 3/13/10
http://www.enchantedlearning.com
Maps.com 3/15/10
http://www.maps.com
Netstate.com ...
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  1. 1. Delaware State Report Miss Gerdts April 15, 2010
  2. 2. History • First inhabited by the Algonquian tribes • Early explorations were made by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 16th century • Henry Hudson, an English navigator who worked for the Dutch, explored the land in 1609
  3. 3. • 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.
  4. 4. • 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
  5. 5. State Bird, Flower, and Tree State Bird: State Flower: Blue Hen Chicken Peach Blossom State Tree: American Holly
  6. 6. State Flag • 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
  7. 7. Delaware’s Nicknames • “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.
  8. 8. Statehood Information Delaware was the first state to sign the Constitution on December 7, 1787.
  9. 9. Political Map of Delaware
  10. 10. Physical Map of Delaware
  11. 11. Population of Delaware 1960 1970 1980 446,292 548,104 594,338 1990 2000 2010 666,168 783,600 TBD
  12. 12. Economy • Agriculture – dairy products, corn, poultry, soy beans, nursery plants • Industry - chemical products, automobiles, processed foods, paper products, and rubber and plastic products • Most of Delaware’s mining business is for gravel and sand used in construction although a small amount of mining is for gemstones
  13. 13. Weather Winter Averages Summer Averages 42-47 degrees F 80-88 degrees F Average Yearly Rainfall 54 inches
  14. 14. Natural Resources • Major Bodies of Water – Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay, Delaware River • Minerals – magnesium, sand and gravel, Brandywine blue granite – Delaware ranks last among the states in mineral production • Plant Life – hickory, holly, oak, pine, beech trees, cypress, red cedar trees, rare orchids – many flowering trees such as magnolias, wild cherries, tulip trees, water lilies • Animal Life – deer, foxes, raccoons, and rabbits roam the forests – otters, mallards, pintails, herons, ibises are found in marshes and wetlands
  15. 15. Places to Visit in Delaware • Delaware Memorial Bridge – the longest twin span suspension bridge in the world • Barratt’s Chapel – the oldest Methodist church that is still standing, built in 1780 • First State Heritage Park – a state park hosting many historical and cultural buildings • Rehoboth Beach – a fabulous beach featuring many shops, restaurants, and a boardwalk
  16. 16. Famous People Eleutherer Irene Dupont – started a company that manufactured gun powder and eventually became E.I. duPont de Nemours and Co., a huge manufacturing company Annie Jump Cannon – famous astronomer who became an assistant in the Harvard College Observatory and discovered many stars and super novas
  17. 17. Henry Heimlich – an American physician who is credited as the inventor of abdominal thrusts for choking rescue Heimlich Maneuver Elizabeth Margaret Chandler – first woman American write who made the abolition of slavery her main theme
  18. 18. ResourcesEnchantedLearning.Com 3/13/10 http://www.enchantedlearning.com Maps.com 3/15/10 http://www.maps.com Netstate.com 3/15/10 http://netstate.com Delaware State portal 3/18/10 http://www.portal.delaware.gov Thingstodo.com 3/20/10 http://thingstodo.com Wikipedia 3/20/10 http://en.wikipedia.org U.S. Census Bureau 3/20/10 http://www.census.gov Schuman, Michael. Celebrate the States: Deleware. New York: Benchmark Books, 2000 Brown, Dottie. Delaware. Minneapolis: Learner Publications Co., 1994

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