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 six states that Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover won in 1932. Harold Stassen carried Delaware in 1948.
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.