Delaware Influence On American Society

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The predominant religion in the colony of Delaware was Protestant. However because the colony practiced tolerance in religion many other religions were practiced in the colony. The system of government in place at the time was Constitutional Anarchy. Delaware shared a government system with Pennsylvania, which was based on democratic rule. The Delaware colony in the North American Middle Colonies consisted of land on the west bank of the Delaware River Bay. In the early 17th century the area was inhabited by Lenape and possibly the Assateague tribes of Native Americans. The first European settlers were the Swedes and the Dutch, but the land fell under British control in 1664. William Penn was given the deed to what was then called "the Lower
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