Delaware is inspirational. Delaware was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on December 7, 1787. This made Delaware the first state and gave it one of its nicknames: The First State. It is bordered by Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Despite it being the second smallest state, it is the sixth most densely populated of the 50 states of the United States.
The capital of Delaware is Dover. The largest city is Wilmington. It is divided into just three counties. This is the least number of counties a state is divided into. The state has a legislative, judicial, and executive branch, however the counties elect their own legislative body. Government is one of the state’s largest employers. Education and banking are leading employers as well. Dover Air Force Base is a major employer and is one of the biggest Air Force bases in the country. Chicken farming is important to Delaware, however they also are known for soybeans, dairy products, and corn.
The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in Delaware. Delaware was home to Eastern Algonquian tribes. Delaware is also the name of a Native American group that calls Delaware home today. Indentured servants and African slaves were used to labor tobacco farms. Free African American families moved to Delaware for more affordable land. Methodists and Quakers encouraged slave owners to free their slaves. There were attempts to abolish slavery in Delaware before the Civil War. The African Union First Colored Methodist Protestant Church and Connection, A.U. M.P. Church, was established in Delaware. Today, there is still a cultural festival held that draws people together.
Tourists flock to beach resorts and historic places like the First State National Historical Park. Festivals, fairs, and other events attract people as well. There are no professional sports franchises, however NASCAR races, rugby, and professional wrestling draw people. The official state sport is bicycling. For a small state Delaware has a lot going on. Be inspired! Have a bright day!