Colony of Delaware

Facts and Information

Basic Things about Delaware

The colony of Delaware was founded in 1638 by Peter Minuit. Delaware was the seventh colony founded( when talking about the original thirteen). Delaware was founded because Sweden needed a place for trade and things of that nature. The colony got its name after the British gained control and it is named after the Virginia Company's first governor, Sir Thomas West (Lord de la Warr).

The people of Delaware

The main industry of Delaware was manufacturing. The most common jobs were ship building, fishing, trading, iron working, and lumber working. The ethnic and racial composition of Delaware was that most of the inhabitants were Swedish, with some Dutch and English, there were also a small percentage of blacks(free and slaves), there was also Indians. Also to the people of Delaware religion played a pretty big role in their lives. Most of the people were Puritans, but William Penn encouraged other dominations to come in. Most people could worship how they wanted as long as it was Christianity.

Important People

One important person was John Dickinson he was a lawyer and a politician he was also the president of Delaware for many years. Another important person is William Penn, he later owned the land that Delaware was on and helped the colony thrive and allowed religion to come in.

Interesting Facts

The state is organized into three counties, New Castle, Kent and Sussex all the counties were established by 1682. Old Swedes Church (also known as Holy Trinity Church), which is one of the oldest houses of worship in America still in use were built in Delaware. One thing that Delaware brought to America was the Swedish log cabin. People in Delaware also brought the first Lutheran Church to America. The only big events that happened in Delaware was fighting between the Swedish, Dutch, and English for control of all the land when the colony was first founded.


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