We are pleased to hear that you are doing research on our great state of Delaware. There are many things about Delaware that you might find interesting.
First of all, Delaware is known as “The First State” because it was the first of the 13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787. A man named Caesar Rodney rode his horse all the way to Philadelphia in order for Delaware to cast the vote. We are very proud of this moniker. We also hold title to the nickname “The Diamond State”. According to legend, Thomas Jefferson gave this title to Delaware when he described the state as a “jewel” among states due to its strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard. You might also hear Delaware referred to as the “Blue Hen State” after the fighting Blue Hen Cocks that were carried with the Delaware Revolutionary War Soldiers for entertainment. The Blue Hen is now the mascot of the University of Delaware. We call them “The Fighting Blue Hens” when they take to the football field. More recently, we like to say “Small Wonder” to describe our state, due to its size and the contributions it has made to our country as a whole and the beauty of Delaware.
Did you know that our “State Bug” is the Lady Bug? If you have to honor a bug, this is a pretty good one to honor. The Legislature thought so too after being convinced by a group of school children who lobbied on behalf of the bug. Another tidbit is that the Mason-Dixon Line runs right through the northern part the state – that is the line that divided the North from the South during the Civil War. Delaware had an elaborate “Underground Railroad” system during that war where brave citizens would hide slaves in their homes and on their property as they migrated north to freedom.
Delaware is considered a great place for businesses to incorporate because of our business friendly laws. The DuPont Company is located here and is central to the cultural fabric of Delaware – not just because of the Company and the many people they employ, but the du Pont family has been instrumental in the history of our state.
There are many other things we enjoy that are unique to living in Delaware. There is no sales tax on anything you purchase! We have great beaches and we are strategically located among the hustle and bustle of the Mid-Atlantic region. We are 1 hour from Baltimore, less than 2 hours from Washington, DC, less than 2 hours from New York City, and 40 minutes from Philadelphia – so lots of nearby things to do, but we still enjoy the luxury of living in a smaller town. And last but not least……we are very proud that former Delaware Senator Joe Biden is the Vice President of the United States.
Your classmates will be interested to know that Delaware is only 9 miles wide at it narrowest point. Just imagine, you can ride your bike across the state in less than 1 hour! Enjoy your study of Delaware and as you do, you might want to take a closer look at Cape Henlopen, Fort Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel, and the duPont family to help you learn more about our rich heritage. Have fun with your educational travels through Delaware and please come for a visit some day.