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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
|Governor||Jack Markell (Democrat, to January 2017)|
|Entered the Union||December 7, 1787|
as the 1st state
|Motto||Liberty and Independence|
|Nicknames||The Diamond State, The First State|
|Bird||Blue Hen Chicken|
|Professional Sports Teams||No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.|
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||From the Delaware River and Bay, which were named for Sir Thomas West, Lord De La Warr|
|Historical Sites||Holy Trinity Church, the oldest Protestant church in the U.S. still in use, in Wilmington|
|Points of Interest||The Delaware Museum of Natural History; New Castle, an almost unchanged 18th-century city center; the Delaware Seashore|
|Bordering States||Delaware borders Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.|
Follow these links to read articles about Delaware from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- State of Delaware: the Official Website for the First State
This is the official website for the State of Delaware.
- Delaware Division of Libraries
Here is the homepage for the Delaware State Library Agency.
- Delaware Historical Society
Here is the homepage for the Delaware State Historical Society.
- Delaware History Museum
Here is the homepage for the Historical Society of Delaware History Museum.
- Delaware Public Archives
Here is the homepage for the Delaware State Archives.
- Delaware State Parks Online
Here is the homepage for Delaware State Parks.
- Visit Delaware
Here is the official state tourism website for Delaware.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Delaware
The site provides a wealth of information about Delaware. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
- Things To Do in Delaware
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Delaware’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
- Roadside America: Delaware Attractions
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Delaware.
- Delaware Landmarks and Museums
This page from MuseumStuff.com links to museums, libraries, and archives with a primary theme or signifant collections related to Delaware.
- Delaware USGenWeb Archives
This site provides free online data for genealogical research. These archives use volunteers who transcribe public domain records and other non-copyrighted primary sources to provide the information.
- FedStats: MapStat: United States: Delaware
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Delaware.
- England gave Delaware to William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, in 1682 to be part of Pennsylvania. But in the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), Delaware fought as a separate state, and it was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787.
- Although Delaware was a slave state, it did not secede (withdraw) from the U.S. and join the Confederacy during the Civil War (1861-1865).
- Delaware has a state insect! The lady bug was adopted as the official state insect in 1974 after a group of elementary school children convinced the state legislature to do so.
Some Famous People from this State
- Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Valerie Bertinelli, actress
- Annie Jump Cannon, astronomer
- Henry Heimlich, surgeon and inventor, developed the Heimlich Maneuver to save choking victims