Background: West Loockerman Street
in downtown w:Dover, Delaware,
Author Tim Kiser

Discovering and Moving to Delaware

Moving to Delaware

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Delaware

Delaware earned the nickname "The First State" due to the U.S. Constitution being first ratified by the state of Delaware and has has a political heritage full of pride. Contrasted with the many contributions the state has made to the US Government, Delaware is just 2,000 sq. miles in area, ranking it 49th in size in the United States based upon overall area.

However, the 780,000 Delaware residents live by their motto of, "Liberty and Independence." Fishing, farming and manufacturing are major Delaware industries. Relocating to another state carries with it many challenges. However there are adventure also; fortunately Delaware has much to offer. The beautiful natural coastline, rich history, excellent infrastructure , friendly people, make moving to Delaware a genuine pleasure.

Henry Hudson, sailing under the Dutch flag, is credited with Delaware's discovery in 1609. The following year, Capt. Samuel Argall of Virginia named Delaware for his colony's governor, Thomas West, Baron De La Warr. An attempted Dutch settlement failed in 1631. Swedish colonization began at Fort Christina (now Wilmington) in 1638, but New Sweden fell to Dutch forces led by New Netherlands' governor Peter Stuyvesant in 1655.

England took over the area in 1664, and it was transferred to William Penn as the lower Three Counties in 1682. Semiautonomous after 1704, Delaware fought as a separate state in the American Revolution and became the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787.

During the Civil War, although a slave state, Delaware did not secede from the Union.


  • Delaware Geography, Facts and History
  • Delaware Facts & Trivia
  • Delaware Flags
  • Famous People from Delaware
  • Delaware Timeline
  • Delaware Official Song
  • Education
  • Delaware Colleges
  • Economy

    Flora and Fauna

  • Delaware State Bird
  • Delaware Official State Flower
  • Delaware State Tree
  • Government

  • Delaware Sports
  • Taxes

  • Delaware Airports
  • Rail and Bus

    Delaware Housing and Real Estate

    Cities and Towns
  • Delaware Cities and Towns
  • Delaware Websites

    Books about Delaware