Delaware's history is a long and proud one. A dispute over the control of Delaware between the heirs of Lord Baltimore of Maryland and William Penn of Pennsylvania continued until almost the end of the colonial period. In 1776 at the time of the Declaration of Independence, Delaware not only declared itself free from the British Empire, but also established a state government entirely separate from Pennsylvania. Delaware's boundaries were surveyed in 1763-68 by the noted English scientists, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon - a boundry known as the Mason-Dixon line.
On December 7, 1787, Delaware unanimously ratified the new US Constitution making Delaware "The First State".
Forests, rivers, parks and campgrounds provide the ideal setting for some of the state's best outdoor adventures. Canoeing. Fishing. Golfing. Biking. Hiking. Bird-watching. Horse-riding. Hunting. Boating. There's something for everyone throughout the year, from the 90-mile coastline to the hundreds of miles of nature trails inland. Visit the southern Delaware coastline and such great seafaring towns as historic Lewes, "the nation's summer capital" of Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and its watersports scene, family-friendly Bethany Beach and laid-back Fenwick Island.
Delaware's history spans from pre-Colonial days to the present. Enjoy museums and monuments that honor all aspects of our rich heritage, from the Nanticoke and Lenni-Lenape Indians to agriculture, science and industry through the years. Visit Fort Delaware, which held prisoners of war from Stonewall Jackson's Confederate Army. Explore Old New Castle, the first capital of Delaware, and Dover, the capital today.
Click on the map or use the drop-down boxes to take you to different parts of Delaware where you will find things to do, lodging, shopping, tours, restaurants and other neat things organized county by county as well as by topic. All of this is designed to help you plan your trip to Delaware without ever leaving the site.
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