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?
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.