• 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 

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Detail of the US Constitution, featuring the text

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first of the 13 former colonies to ratify the United States Constitution, laying claim to the “First State.”