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The state takes its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, a British nobleman and Virginia's first colonial governor. Delaware was the first state of the United States of America.
Delaware is 96 miles long and ranges from 9 to 35 miles across, totaling 1,954 square miles and making it the second-smallest state in the United States.
Delaware is divided into three counties: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. While the southern two counties have historically been predominantly agricultural, the northernmost county has helped lead the state to rank second in civilian scientists and engineers as a percentage of the workforce and number of patents issued to companies or individuals per 1,000 workers.
The history of the state's economic and industrial development is closely tied to the impact of the Du Pont family, founder of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, one of the worlds largest chemical companies.
Delaware's history spans from pre-Colonial days to the present. The First State offers hundreds of exciting and stimulating attractions. Enjoy museums and monuments that honor all aspects of our rich heritage.