• New Castle Court House - NPS

    First State

    National Monument DE,PA

From First Settlement to First State

Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley.  From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence 

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite

The first President to use the authority of the Antiquities Act to designate a national monument was Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to designate Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Sixteen presidents since have used it to protect features such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.