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1st State (December 7, 1787), northeast U.S.

State Abbreviation: DE

Nickname: The First State, Diamond State, Blue Hen State

Origin of Name: From the Delaware River and Bay, which were named for Sir Thomas West, Lord DeLa Warr.






Delaware State Symbols:

Capital: Dover
Motto: Liberty and Independence
Delaware State Seal
Beverage: Milk
Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail
Colors: Colonial blue and buff
Fish: Weakfish
Flower: Peach Blossom
Fruit: Strawberry

Insect: Lady Bug
Marine Animal: Horseshoe Crab
Mineral: Sillimanite
Song: Our Delaware (words and music)
Tree: American Holly
Wildlife Animal: Grey Fox

Delaware State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

Delaware is the second smallest state.

Major Rivers: Delaware River, Mispillion River, Nanticoke River

One of Delaware's most important transportation arteries is the
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, which has been deepened and straightened for ocean shipping. It shortens the water route between Philadelphia and Baltimore by several hundred miles.


Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941), Astronomer
Oh, Be A Fine Girl--Kiss Me!
(OBAFGKM)A mnemonic device used by students and astronomers to learn the spectral classification of stars developed by Annie Jump Cannon.

Henry Heimlich, surgeon and inventor, developed the Heimlich Maneuver to save choking victims.

Things to Do

Delaware State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Color Pages

Delaware Flag

Things To Do-Other Sites

Delaware State Quarter
Read about the Delaware State Quarter and printout the color page.


Distinctively Delaware
Take an virtual tour of Delaware


Sites to See

Delaware Tribe of Indians. Contains audio files for many Lenape words. 


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