The Dutch, Swedes, and Finns traveled across the North Atlantic Ocean and settled along the Delaware River and Bay in Delaware. Upon arrival they built forts, like the one pictured below, to protect them against rivals. The Swedes and the Dutch fought for control of the area but it was ultimately the English who gained ownership of the land.
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The Swedes, Dutch, and Finns did not come to the New World empty handed. They filled their ships with people that had necessary skills needed to survive, and brought supplies and trade goods that would allow them to sail across the Atlantic, build homes, grow food, and trade with the native population to make a profit. However, they needed to choose wisely because their ships could only hold so much weight.
Visit the Ryves Holt House, Fort Christina, Old Swedes Church or the New Castle Court House to learn more about settlements in the Delaware Valley, or explore the ruins at Beaver Valley with your family. Visit the forts page to learn more about how forts were used across the nation.
Last updated: June 10, 2020