Did you know that being a Delawarean is something that should have you raising your head up high! That’s right, we might be one of the smallest states in the country, but our little state has a lot of accomplishments to its name. Here are just a few things Delaware is known for:
We are the First State! Delaware was the first state to ratify the federal Constitution on December 7, 1787, becoming the first state in the Union. Being number 1 has lots of perks! Delaware is given the first position in such national events as presidential inaugurations.
We are tiny but tough! Delaware ranks 49th in the nation with a total land area of 1,955 square miles. Delaware is also one of the smallest states in terms of population. Only Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming have fewer people.
We are low down! Delaware’s average altitude is about 60 feet above sea level, making it the lowest average altitude of any state. Delaware also has one of the lowest high points: Ebright Azimuth at 442 feet is the highest point in Delaware. Located at the junction of Ramblewood Drive and Ebright Road in Wilmington, DE. Only Florida has a lower high point.
There isn’t much dividing us! Delaware has 3 counties, the fewest of any state having counties (only Alaska beats us with no counties at all!).
Bridging a wide gap! Delaware Memorial Bridge is the longest twin span suspension bridge in the world. The bridge, which was opened in 1951, connects Delaware and New Jersey.
We are so smart! According to a survey by the National Science Foundation, Delaware has more doctoral-level (Ph.D.) scientists and engineers, as a percentage of the population, than any other state. Delaware also has a higher rate of patent awards, per person, than any other state.
Our roots are really old! Old Swedes (Holy Trinity Church) which was built in 1698 is one of the oldest churches in America still in use. It is located at 606 church Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
We flew it first! Tradition holds that the new 13-star flag, the Stars and Stripes, was first unfurled in the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, September 3, 1777.
We started a movement! Barratt’s Chapel, erected in 1780, is known as the “Cradle of Methodism in America.” The Methodist established the New World chapter of their religion here in 1784.
We protect whats ours! In 1971, in an effort to protect beaches and wetlands, the state legislature of Delaware passed the nation’s first Coastal Zone Act, barring industries that pollute.
Oh, our collections! Delaware has one of the largest Shell Collections (Delaware Museum of Natural History) and Amber Collections (University of Delaware) in the world.
Yes, we have Nylon here! Seaford, Delaware is the site of the DuPont Company’s first nylon manufacturing plant. It was established in 1938. Seaford is now known as the Nylon Capital of the World.
Firsts that swept the country happened here! The introduction of the first Christmas Seal happened in Wilmington, Delaware in December 1907. The designer of the seals was Emily P. Bissell, a Delaware Author. Delaware also had the first beauty pageant in 1880. It was held in Rehoboth Beach. Thomas Edison was one of the judges in the contest, called the Miss United States contest.
We have chickens! Sussex County raises more broiler chickens than any other county in the United States. We also have more chickens living in Delaware than people!
We declared our independence first! Although commonly referred to as one of the original 13 colonies, Delaware didn’t become its own colony until early 1776. Before 1704, Delaware had belonged to Pennsylvania and was commonly referred to as the Lower Three Counties of Pennsylvania. In 1704, Delaware was granted its own legislature but was still under control of the PA governor. Delaware officially declared its freedom from Pennsylvania on June 15, 1776. Just in time to be one of the deciding votes on the Declaration of Independence!
I hope you enjoyed these fun facts about Delaware. These are only a few of what I found. I promise to bring you more fun facts about Delaware in the future.