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The Delaware Colony
The Delaware Colony was one of the original 13 colonies located on the Atlantic coast of North America. The original 13 colonies were divided into three geographic areas consisting of the New England, Middle and Southern colonies. The Delaware Colony was classified as one of the Middle Colonies. The Province of Delaware was an English colony in North America that existed from 1638 until 1776, when it joined the other 12 of the 13 colonies in rebellion against Great Britain and became the U.S. state of Delaware.

Founding of the Delaware Colony
When was the colony of Delaware founded? The Delaware Colony was founded in 1638 by Peter Minuit and New Sweden Company.

The Naming of the Delaware Colony
Named after the Delaware River whose name was derived from that of Sir Thomas West (Lord de la Warr) who was Virginia Company's first governor.

 

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Delaware river and bay were first explored on behalf of the Dutch by Henry Hudson in 1609, and more thoroughly in 1615-1616 by Cornelius Hendrikson, whose reports did much to cause the incorporation of the Dutch West India Company. The first settlement on Delaware soil was made under the auspices of members of the Dutch West India Company in 1638 near the site of the present Lewes. Fast facts and interesting information about the founding, establishment, geography, climate, religion, history, natural resources, raw material, industries (refer to Colonial Times) and the famous historical people associated with the Delaware Colony of Colonial America. Information and facts at a glance about the Delaware Colony via this fast fact file.

  

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Fact 1History

Year Founded: 1638 by Peter Minuit and others

Fact 2Cities

Major Towns / Cities: Wilmington

Fact 3Industries

Major Industries: Exported agricultural products and natural resources including cattle, grain, rice, indigo (dye), wheat

Fact 4Manufacturing

Manufacturing: Manufactured iron ore products such as plows, tools, kettles, locks, nails and large blocks of iron which they exported to England

Fact 5Geography

Geography of Delaware: Flat lowland, Atlantic Coastal Plain. The southern boundary is swampland with over 30,000 acres of swamp. The general geography of the Middle Colonies had a mix of the New England and Southern features but had fertile soil and land that was suited to farming

Fact 6Climate

Climate: The Middle Colonies had a mild climate with warm summers and mild winters that were suited to farming and agriculture

Fact 7Religion

Religion: Not dominated by a specific religion which gave way to religious freedom for Quakers, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews and others. Refer to Religion in the Colonies

Fact 8Raw
Materials

Natural Resources: Good farmland, timber, furs and coal. Iron ore was a particularly important natural resource

Fact 9Economy

Economics and Trade: Exported agricultural products and natural resources but were also able to manufacture iron ore products such as plows, tools, kettles, locks, nails and large blocks of iron which they exported to England

Fact 10Government

Government: By 1775 Delaware was governed as a Proprietary Colony.

Fact 11History

Original Name: The original name of the colony was the Delaware Colony (before 1776, the Lower Counties on Delaware), later Delaware

Fact 12History

Reason for Founding: Trade and profits

Fact 13Economy

Delaware was often referred to as a breadbasket colony because it grew so many crops, especially wheat. The wheat was ground into flour in flour mills then shipped to England.

Fact 14Economy

A typical farm was 50 to 150 acres consisting of a house, barn, yard and fields

Fact 15History

In 1639 the first African on the Delaware, Black Anthony, is brought from the Caribbean

Fact 16History

In 1655 the Dutch defeat the Swedes on the Delaware, ending the New Sweden Colony. Delaware becomes a part of New Netherland

Fact 17History

In 1664 Sir Robert Carr drives the Dutch off the Delaware and Delaware becomes an English colony

Fact 18Trade / Exports

The Middle Colonies were the big food producing region that included corn and wheat and livestock including beef and pork. Other industries included the production of iron ore, lumber, textiles, furs and shipbuilding - refer to Colonial Times

Fact 19Industry

Flax and hemp farms were established in the Middle Colonies furthering the textiles industry

Fact 20History

Delaware was the 1st of the original 13 colonies to become a state on : December 7, 1787 and the first colonial state. For additional facts and info refer to the Change from Colonies to States

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Delaware Colony
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