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Delaware facts and history plus travel and tourism information.
The Lenni-Lenape people lived on Delaware's land before Europeans settled in the region. In 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay, and in 1638, some Swedish immigrants settled in the Wilmington area. Eventually, Delaware became an English colony and later, the first state of the United States.
This second-smallest state attracts corporations due to its benign corporate tax structure tax and proximity to nearby cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Easy access to waterways, including Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal also boosts the state's economic activity.
Tourism is not a major industry in Delaware, but Delaware Seashore State Park offers typical oceanside activities, including surfing, windsurfing, and boating. Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach are popular summer vacation destinations, and the Cape May-Lewes ferry carries passengers and vehicles across Delaware Bay to New Jersey. Wilmington has some historical attractions, including the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the Swedish ship that carried the first settlers to the area in 1638.
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Delaware History and Geography