Delaware became a permanent settlement in 1638. The colony was founded by Peter Minuit, who named the colony New Sweden. It functioned as part of the New Netherlands. The Dutch acquired New Netherlands after battling the Swedes in 1655. The English acquired the colony from Denmark in 1664.
Following its acquisition, New Sweden was renamed Delaware. Until 1703, Delaware was part of the Pennsylvania colony, as William Penn wanted his colony to have ocean access. It was governed by Pennsylvania until the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Delaware became the first of the former colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787.Learn More
The three largest cities in Delaware as of the 2010 census were Wilmington, Dover and Newark. According to the census, Wilmington had 70,851 residents that year. Dover had a population estimated to be around 34,120, while Newark's population was 31,454 residents.Full Answer >
There are many natural resources in Delaware, including magnesium, gravel and granite. Other natural resources in Delaware include sand and timber.Full Answer >
Many companies choose to incorporate in Delaware because of its favorable tax rates for companies headquartered in other states, as well as flexible corporate laws and other incentives for businesses. Fifty-eight percent of all Fortune 500 companies and 68 percent of the biggest companies in America are incorporated in Delaware.Full Answer >
The four border states that did not secede and therefore remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War were Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri. In addition, 50 Virginian counties chose to remain loyal to the Union despite Virginia's secession, and these counties eventually became the state of West Virginia.Full Answer >