Category: Delaware

The Delaware Economy

The economy of colonial Delaware relied heavily on industry, commerce and labor. It all started when the first Dutch settlers traded with the nearby Indian tribes at Wilmington, and established a market for pelts gathered by the tribes of Minquas,…

Delaware Women

Not much is known about women in Delaware during the colonial area. There was one very interesting piece of information however, about a young girl who was a slave. In 1740, Betty, an eighteen year old girl, was put on…

Delaware Culture

There are many things that define a culture, including art, music and other crafts. But one in particular that added to the culture of Delaware was newspapers. In 1761, James Adams traveled to Wilmington, Delaware after leaving Philadelphia. Adams set…

Slavery in Delaware

The first black man to step on Delaware soil went by the name of “Anthony” and was an “Angoler or Moor”, captured by the skipper of theĀ Grip in 1638, when the Minuit sent him south to trade. Anthony was delivered…

Native Americans in Delaware

The Delaware Indians were known as the “Lenni Lenape Indians” and lived in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The Delaware River flowed through each of these states and through their land. They were divided into three groups: Munsee,…

Religion

Religious Articles The original 1776 constitution states that any person elected to the house when being sworn in, had to profess his faith in God. ” I do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only…

Religion

The Delaware Declaration of Rights (1776) Sections pertaining to religion SECT. 2. That all men have a natural and unalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings; and that no man ought…

Delaware State Constitution

  Delaware created their state constitution in 1776, but ended up making revisions and created a new constitution in 1792. On June 15, 1776, the Patriot leader Thomas McKean urged the General Assembly to suspend the Government under the crown.…