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Delaware, The first of the thirteen original States that ratified the federal Constitution; takes its name from Lord De la Warr (Delaware), who entered the bay of that name in 1610, when he was governor of Virginia. It had been discovered by Hudson in 1609. In 1629 Samuel Godyn, a director of the Dutch West India Company, bought of the Indians a tract of land near the mouth of the Delaware; and the next year De Vries, with twenty colonists from Holland, settled near the site of Lewes. The colony was destroyed by the natives three years afterwards, and the Indians had sole possession of that district until 1638, when a colony of Swedes and Finns State seal of Delaware. landed on Cape Henlopen, and purchased the lands along the bay and river as far north as the falls at Trenton (see New Sweden). They built Fort Christiana near the site of Wilmington. Their settlements were mostly planted within the present limits of Pennsylvania. The Swedes were conquered by the Dutch of
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Swaanendael colony. In anticipation of the establishment of patroonships (see patroons), a partnership was formed by directors of the Dutch West India Company for making settlements on the Delaware River. Godyn, Bloemart, Van Renssclaer, and others were the partners. They sent (Dec. 16, 1630) a ship and yacht, under the command of Pieter Heyes, with some colonists, and in the spring purchases of land were made from the Indians on both shores of Delaware Bay. Near the site of the present town of Lewes, Del., a colony was planted, and the spot was called Swaanendael. In 1632 this little colony was destroyed by the Indians. Swaanendael was sold to the West India Company in 1633.
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and
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The Daily Dispatch: August 5, 1861., [Electronic resource], A distinguished arrival. (search)
Delaware heard from. --The following is from the Lewes (Del.) correspondence of the Philadelphia Inquirer, July 26th. We now have the reason why the Federal Congress made an appropriation to arm the "loyal" citizens of Delaware: The Secessionists are very violent here just now. A number of excursionists from Dover, calling themselves the "Peace Party," came ashore yesterday, headed by Mr. Ridgely, the Secretary of State. Early in the day Ridgely cheered lustily for Jeff. Davis, Beauregard & Co., entreating others of our citizens to fall in with his crew. They remained on shore all day, Ridgely, in the meantime, becoming beastly intoxicated. The citizens met and quelled the traitors for a time, but last night, after being reinforced, they again assembled on the bank of the creek, and yelled like savages for the Confederate States.