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Delaware Genealogy and History Guide

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Delaware Genealogy and History Guide

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Names Before Statehood: Delaware Colony (1664-1776), New Netherland (1614-1664), New Sweden (1638-1655)
Statehood: 7 December 1787
State Capital: Dover
State Nickname: The First State; The Small Wonder; The Diamond State
State Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
State Song: Our Delaware
State Flower: Peach blossom
State Tree: American Holly
State Motto: Liberty and Independence


1609 - Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay, River
1610 - Samuel Argall named bay and river after Virginia's governor Lord De La Warr
1613 - Cornelius Jacobsen May arrived
1631 - Dutch Colonists established Zwaanendael (present day Lewes)
1632 - Zwaanendael destroyed by Indians
1638 - Fort Christina (now Wilmington) established
1639 - 1st enslaved African brought to Delaware
1644 - England seized Delaware and it became part of New York Colony
1651 - Fort Casimir established by NY Governor, Peter Stuyvesant
1654 - Fort Casimir capture by Swedish colonist and renamed Fort Trinity
1655 - Dutch captured all of New Sweden making it part of New Netherland
1664 - Sir Robert Carr drove the Dutch out of Delaware and claimed land for James, Duke of York
1673 - Dutch regained control
1674 - Dutch returned land to England
1682 - James, Duke of York gave control to William Penn who made it part of Pennsylvania
1701 - Region became known as Three Lower Counties with a separate legislature from Pennsylvania
1731 - Willington founded by Thomas Willing (later renamed Wilmington)
1774 - Delaware sent representatives to the First Continental Congress
1776 - Three Lower Counties adopted constitution becoming Delaware State
1788 - Abolitionist societies established in Wilmington
1792 - Second state constitution adopted ; state renamed State of Delaware
1829 - Delaware Canal opened; public education system established
1861-1865 - 12,000+ joined Union Army; few hundred Confederacy

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