Facts About the State of Delaware
Delaware may be the second smallest state in the USA, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to its rich history and fascinating facts. Known as the “First State,” Delaware played a vital role in the founding of the United States, with its residents signing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. From its colonial beginnings to its modern-day charm, Delaware has plenty of stories to tell.
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“Our Delaware” is the official state song of Delaware. Originally a poem with three verses representing each of the 3 counties, written by George Beswick Hynson in 1904, “Our Delaware” became the state song in 1925, the musical score composed by Will M. S. Brown.
Little State, Big History
Why did the chicken cross I-95? To find their 1,999,999 friends on the other side of course! Delaware has 2 million chickens spread out across all three counties of the second smallest state. As a result of Delaware ranking third most bike-friendly, you might bike past a field and say look at all those chickens!
The Diamond State is a jewel of a place to live with 974,000 people calling it home. When you visit the First State, be sure to call home and say “Hi, I’m in Delaware.”
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The first to ratify the Constitution.
Legend has it that Thomas Jefferson called Delaware a “jewel” among the states because of its strategic location along the East Coast.
Blue Hen State
One form of entertainment during the Revolutionary War for Delaware soldiers was cock fighting. It was so popular that Delaware Soldiers brought their own Blue Hens with them during their stay in the army. The Blue Hen was noted for its fighting ability, and because of their bravery, the men of Captain Jonathan Caldwell’s company were soon compared to this breed.
The first state to produce peaches commercially.
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Named in February 1939 after the “Fighting Blue Hens” the mascot of Delaware Revolutionary War soldiers.
Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus)
Adopted June 10, 1999.
Adopted on May 9, 1895. Beginning in the early 1800s, Delaware became a leading producer of peaches until a blight called “the yellows” destroyed the orchards in the late 1800s.
Adopted as the state fruit in 2010.
Sweet Golden Rod
Adopted June 24, 1996 and indigenous to Delaware. Found throughout the state along coastal areas and by marshes.
Adopted April 25, 1974, after state schoolchildren petitioned the General Assembly.
Adopted on May 1,1939. During the late nineteenth century until the 1930s, Sussex County became the leading supplier of holly, used for Christmas decorations and wreaths.
Also known as the sea trout or the yellow fin trout, the weak fish was adopted as state fish in 1981, in recognition of sport fishing’s recreational and economic standing in the state of Delaware.
Adopted on June 3, 1983.
Colonial blue and buff
Representing the uniform of General George Washington.
Shell of the channeled whelk
Adopted in May 2014.
State Marine Animal
Adopted on June 25, 2002.