Delaware is the first state to join the Union
December 7, 1787
Apropos of its nickname “The First State”, the state of Delaware was early to catch on in many chapters of America’s history. First inhabited by Algonquin-speaking Native Americans, Delaware was colonized by Dutch and Swedes (who founded the state capital, Wilmington) as soon as 1631 before it was ceded to the English rulers of New York, and eventually, William Penn of Pennsylvania, whose colony needed access to the Atlantic. It remained part of that colony until the Revolution, when in 1776 it received its own Assembly and first acquired the name of Delaware (after a governor of Virginia, the 12th Baron De la Warr). Delaware saw a lot of action during the War for Independence, particularly since it was a gateway to Philadelphia (America’s most important city) and was constantly assaulted by the British. When the Constitution was presented to the 13 Colonies, Delaware was quick on the trigger as the first to ratify. Today, Delaware is the second smallest but one of the most densely populated states, with an urban north that revolves mostly around Philadelphia. Still strongly connected to Pennsylvania, it is a capital area for credit card companies, chemical developers, and other corporations. Its coastline is also a mecca for beachgoers and summertime tourists.
If you represented one of the 13 Colonies, would you want to be first or last to ratify the Constitution (and therefore become a state)? Why?