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( The First / The Diamond State )
Delaware Map The state's name comes from its original inhabitants, the Delaware Indians (also known as the Lenni-Lenape). Delaware was the first of the original 13 states of the Union. It's often called the "First" or "Diamond State" because it was the first state in 1787 to approve the United States Constitution. William Penn acquired the land that makes up Delaware to keep his Pennsylvania colony from being landlocked. Today, Delaware is one of the most industrialized states, known for its chemical research. Lying along the Atlantic coastline, most of Delaware lies in a low, flat coastal plain. The rolling hills and valleys of the Piedmont region cover the northern tip of the state. Delaware's many freshwater lakes and ponds, its ocean beaches and its rivers and streams provide excellent swimming, boating and fishing. Cultural and historical attractions also attract visitors to the state. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Delaware include: Elisabeth Shue,

The Flag of Delaware
Delaware state flag Ratified the Constitution on December 7, 1787, as the first State; flag adopted in 1913. Revolutionary War uniforms are honored in the blue and buff colors while commerce (the ship), and agriculture (wheat, corn, ox, farmer) are featured in the coat of arms.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Wilmington, 72,664; Dover, 32,135; Newark, 28,547; Milford, 6,732; Seaford, 6,699; Middletown, 6,161; Elsmere, 5,800; Smyrna 5,679; New Castle, 4,862; Georgetown, 4,643
Business and Trade in Delaware
Agriculture: Poultry, nursery stock, soybeans, dairy products, corn.

Industries: Chemical products, food processing, paper products, rubber and plastic products, scientific instruments, printing and publishing.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
  • Flower: Peach Blossom
  • Tree: American Holly (ilex opaca)
  • Song(s): Our Delaware
  • Motto: Liberty and Independence

Delaware Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Milton
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve - Dover
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Smyrna
capital  Capital: Dover

statehood  Statehood: 1787-12-07

population  Population:
783,600 (401.1 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 2,489.27
    Water 535.71
    Land 1,953.56
    Rank 49th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Delaware, there are 343,072 housing units, averaging to 175.6 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
Posters and Artwork
Henlopen Lighthouse, Rehoboth, Delaware
Henlopen Lighthouse, Rehoboth, Delaware
Art Print 18" x 13"

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