Delaware is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, New Jersey to the east and south, and Maryland to the west and south. It is the second smallest state by area and the sixth least populous state in the country.
As of the 2020 United States Census, the estimated population of Delaware was approximately 989,948 people. The capital of Delaware is Dover, which had an estimated population of 38,274 in 2020. The most populous city in Delaware is Wilmington, which had an estimated population of 70,635 in 2020. Other major cities in Delaware include Newark and Middletown.
Delaware is one of the original 13 colonies of the United States and has a rich and storied history. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Lenape and Nanticoke.
The first European settlement in Delaware was established by the Dutch in 1631, but it was quickly destroyed by the native population. In 1638, the Swedish established a permanent settlement in the region, which they called “New Sweden.” However, the Dutch soon took control of the area, and it was eventually annexed by England in the late 1600s.
Delaware played an important role in the American Revolution, and many of its citizens fought in the Continental Army. The state was also the site of several key battles, including the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge and the Battle of Brandywine.
In the 19th century, Delaware was a center of manufacturing and agriculture, with a focus on shipbuilding, canning, and flour milling. The state was also an important center of the Underground Railroad, with several safe houses and escape routes located within its borders.
During the Civil War, Delaware remained loyal to the Union, but there was significant tension between pro-Union and pro-Confederate factions within the state.
Today, Delaware is known for its strong economy, which is based on finance, healthcare, and manufacturing. The state is also home to several major universities, including the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. Delaware is also a popular tourist destination, with attractions such as the Brandywine Valley, Rehoboth Beach, and the Dover International Speedway.