If you are planning to move to Delaware, you probably already know that it is a state full of valuable natural resources. Delaware is known for its productive agriculture, fertile farms, fishing industry, small towns and beautiful beaches. With over 800,000 peach trees Delaware is also one of the largest growers of peaches in the United States of America. Delaware is known as the "Peach State", but the official nickname is "The First State".
Delaware is the second smallest state (1,982 square miles) after Rhode Island and located on the Atlantic Coast in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America. Delaware is a small state, but it is the first of the 13 original states to ratify the United States, on December 7, 1787. Delaware's population is 860,000 based on the last census in 2006 and ranking 45th in population. it is more densely populated than California, Florida and Texas, 442.6 people per square mile. Delaware is neighbored by the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. The capital city of Delaware is Dover, is located in the middle of the state.
Delaware has a proud and long history. In 1631 the Dutch explorers were the first to settle in Delaware, near the site of Lewes. But within a year all were killed by local Indian tribes. Later in 1638, Dutchman Peter Minuit established a new colony at Fort Cristina (Wilmington). New Castle was established in 1651 at present day. After thirteen years the British explorer James, the Duke of York forcibly took over the Dutch expedition and finally in 1682 the Duke passed his ownership on to William Penn.
The highest elevation in Delaware is about 450 feet above the sea level. The northern part of the state is full of hills with rolling surfaces. The state follows the Atlantic Coastal Plain with flat, sandy, and, in some parts, swampy ground.Quick Facts