Delaware Colony

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Lower Counties on the Delaware Bay
1664–1776
Flag of Delaware
Delaware in 1757
Delaware in 1757
StatusColony of England (1664–1707)
Colony of Great Britain (1707–76)
CapitalNew Castle
Common languagesEnglish, Dutch, Munsee, Unami
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
LegislatureGeneral Assembly of Delaware Colony
History 
• Established
1664
1776
CurrencyDelaware pound
Preceded by
Succeeded by
New Netherland
Delaware
Today part ofUnited States

Delaware Colony is a North American colony. It was in land on the bank of the Delaware River Bay. People settled to here in the 1600s. The first people here were Lenape and possibly the Assateague tribes of Native Americans. The first European settlers were Swedes. In the 1700s, Delaware Colony's English colonists were mostly quaker.

The Lower Counties of Delaware were governed from Pennsylvania from 1682 until 1701. The Lower Counties then petitioned to become a colony. This made the two colonies independent. They had the same governor until 1776. At the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, the colonies decided to create the state of Delaware.

Sources[change | change source]

  • Johnson, Amandus. The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware, 1638–1664 (Philadelphia: Swedish Colonial Society, 1911)
  • Weslager, C. A. A Man and His Ship: Peter Minuit and the Kalmar Nyckel ( Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. Wilmington, Delaware. 1989)

Coordinates: 39°44′17″N 75°33′29″W / 39.738°N 75.558°W / 39.738; -75.558