• 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?

Detail historic map of Delaware and the surrounding region

Delaware was originally part of the land grant from England’s King Charles II in gratitude for Sir Admiral William Penn’s loyal service. Known as the “Lower Three Counties” Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties broke ties with Pennsylvania on June 15, 1776 and became a separate state.