37 Facts About Delaware


Delaware occupies the northeastern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula and some islands and territory within the Delaware River.

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Delaware was one of the Thirteen Colonies that took part in the American Revolution.

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Since the turn of the 20th century, Delaware is a de facto onshore corporate haven, in which by virtue of its corporate laws, the state is the domicile of over half of all NYSE-listed business and over three-fifths of the Fortune 500.

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Unami Lenape in the Delaware Valley were closely related to Munsee Lenape tribes along the Hudson River.

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Generally, those who did not relocate out of the state of Delaware were baptized, became Christian and were grouped together with other persons of color in official records and in the minds of their non-Native American neighbors.

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Dependent in early years on indentured labor, Delaware imported more slaves as the number of English immigrants decreased with better economic conditions in England.

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Delaware voted against secession on January 3, 1861, and so remained in the Union.

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Delaware is notable for being the only slave state from which no Confederate regiments or militia groups were assembled.

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Delaware essentially freed the few slaves who were still in bondage shortly after the Civil War but rejected the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution; the 13th Amendment was rejected on February 8, 1865, the 14th Amendment was rejected on February 8, 1867, and the 15th Amendment was rejected on March 18, 1869.

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Delaware officially ratified the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments on February 12, 1901.

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Delaware benefited greatly from World War I because of the state's large gunpowder industry.

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Delaware suffered less during the Great Depression than other states, but the depression spurred further migration from the rural south to urban areas.

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The University of Delaware admitted its first black student in 1948, and local courts ruled that primary schools had to be integrated.

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Small portions of Delaware are situated on the eastern side of the Delaware River sharing land boundaries with New Jersey.

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Delaware is on a level plain, with the lowest mean elevation of any state in the nation.

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Since almost all of Delaware is a part of the Atlantic coastal plain, the effects of the ocean moderate its climate.

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Delaware provides government subsidy support for the clean-up of property "lightly contaminated" by hazardous waste, the proceeds for which come from a tax on wholesale petroleum sales.

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Delaware is the sixth most densely populated state, with a population density of 442.

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Delaware is one of five U S states that do not have a single city with a population over 100, 000 as of the 2010 census.

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Delaware is home to an Amish community which resides west of Dover in Kent County, consisting of nine church districts and about 1, 650 people.

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Since the mid-2000s, Delaware has seen the departure of the state's automotive manufacturing industry, the corporate buyout of a major bank holding company (MBNA), the departure of the state's steel industry (Evraz Claymont Steel), the bankruptcy of a fiber mill (National Vulcanized Fibre), and the diminishing presence of AstraZeneca in Wilmington.

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In Delaware, there are more than a million registered corporations, meaning there are more corporations than people.

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Delaware is home to First State National Historical Park, a National Park Service unit composed of historic sites across the state including the New Castle Court House, Green, and Sheriff's House, Dover Green, Beaver Valley, Fort Christina, Old Swedes' Church, John Dickinson Plantation, and the Ryves Holt House.

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Delaware has several museums, wildlife refuges, parks, houses, lighthouses, and other historic places.

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Delaware was the origin of Belton v Gebhart, one of the four cases which were combined into Brown v Board of Education, the Supreme Court of the United States decision that led to the end of officially segregated public schools.

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Transportation system in Delaware is under the governance and supervision of the Delaware Department of Transportation, known as "DelDOT".

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Delaware has about 1, 450 bridges, 95 percent of which are under the supervision of DelDOT.

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About 30 percent of all Delaware bridges were built before 1950, and about 60 percent of the number are included in the National Bridge Inventory.

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Delaware is centrally situated in the Northeast megalopolis region of cities along I-95.

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Significantly, Delaware has one of the few remaining Courts of Chancery in the nation, which has jurisdiction over equity cases, the vast majority of which are corporate disputes, many relating to mergers and acquisitions.

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Delaware was the last U S state to use judicial corporal punishment, in 1952.

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Delaware is subdivided into three counties; from north to south they are New Castle, Kent and Sussex.

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In 2011 Delaware passed legislation placing a 15 business day time limit on addressing freedom-of-information requests, to either produce information or an explanation of why such information would take longer than this time to produce.

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Delaware has six different income tax brackets, ranging from 2.

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In June 2018, Delaware became the first U S state to legalize sports betting following the Supreme Court ruling to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

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Delaware is represented in rugby by the Delaware Black Foxes, a 2015 expansion club.

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Delaware has been home to professional wrestling outfit Combat Zone Wrestling.

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