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Delaware - The First State

With the state motto of "Liberty and Independence," it's no surprise that Delaware was the first of the original 13 states of the Union; it's often called the "First" or "Diamond State." The state's name comes from the original governor of Virginia, Thomas West, Lord De La Warr. William Penn acquired the land that makes up Delaware to keep his Pennsylvania colony from being landlocked. Today, Delaware is one of the most industrialized states, known for its chemical research. Dover is the capital; the state flower is the peach blossom.
Vintage and current images of historic cities, people, events, and places in Delaware.

Brandywine River, DE - Mill, 1818

Brandywine River, DE - Mill, 1818

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach, DE

New Castle, DE - George Reed II House

New Castle, DE - George Reed II House

Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dolles Salt Water Taffy Sign

Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dolles Salt Water Taffy Sign

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware on Pea Island

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware on Pea Island

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware Officer Quarters

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware Officer Quarters

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware, 1870s

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware, 1870s

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware

Delaware City, DE - Fort Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach in Delaware-pd

Dover, DE - State Capitol, 1938

Dover, DE - State Capitol, 1938

Fenwick Island, DE - Bay

Bay at Fenwick Island in Delaware-pd

Dover, DE - Old State House

Dover, DE - Old State House