is a state located on the Atlantic
Coast in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States
. The state is bordered by Pennsylvania
to the north, New Jersey
to the northeast, Maryland
to the south and west, and the Atlantic Ocean
to the east. The state takes its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English
nobleman and Virginia
's first colonial governor.
Delaware was one of the 13 colonies that participated in the American Revolution and on December 7, 1787, it became the first state ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, thereby becoming known as "The First State".
Delaware and New Jersey were the only two states which George McClellan was able to carry in his bid for the presidency in 1864.
Delaware was one of the several states that voted for Republican candidate Harold Stassen in 1948. Nonetheless, Joe Steele won his fifth term by a wide margin.
In short story "Joe Steele" Delaware is one of the six states to vote for incumbent President Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election; the election is not described with that level of detail in the novel.
In the aftermath of the Seven Years' War, Delaware was one of a number of colonies that chafed under unrepresentative direct British rule. However, a new arrangement was peacefully negotiated forming the North American Union. Thus, Delaware was one of the oldest Provinces of the NAU.