Delaware has nearly all of its boundaries as part of the Coast, which means that its climate is primarily moderated by the effects of the Ocean.

Strangely this does not mean that the rainfall, snowfall and temperature don’t fluctuate significantly along the state, which is the smallest in the US.

Its motto, LIberty and Independence is printed on its coate of arms, which is carried both on the state seal and the state flag.

Delawares official nickname, the first state, makes reference to the fact that it because the first of the thirteen original colonies to ratify the US constitution.

Delaware has also been called the “Blue Hen State”, referring to the official state bird, the Blue Hen Chicken, which was carried with the Delaware Revolutionary War soldiers for entertainment.

Applachian Trail

Before Delaware was settled by European settlers, it was home to many of the Eastern Algonquian tribes known as the Lenape or Delaware throughout the Delaware valley,They had a settled hunting and agricultural society, and they rapidly became middlemen in an increasingly frantic fur trade. They were persecuted, primarily by other Native Americans and by the early 1700’s the remnants of the Lenape moved over the Allegheny Mountains.

While Delaware has no places designated as national parks, national seashores, national battlefields, national memorials, or national monuments, for which it has been playfully mocked over the years, this does not mean there is nothing to see. Quite the contrary in fact. It has made significant contributions to the American Revolutionary war, as well as the Civil war, and has a rich and diverse history, of pirates on its waterline, who lured ships to their demise, as well as other, more positive aspects.

Breakwater Lighthouse

It has many national historical landmarks, and in addituion there are some remarkable sights, such as the oceanside, many botanical gardens, museums, wildlife refuges, parks, houses, old and still viable lighthouses which are remarkable in their longevity, and other historic places.

It also boasts part of the Applachian trail, which is open to hikers to walk in the footsteps of history as well as the incredibly beautiful Delaware Water Gap.

Delaware water Gap

Strangely, for the smallest state and one of the smallest states in the world in point of fact, Delaware also has the longest twin suspension bridges in the world at a little over 2.5 miles each, which rest side by side.

Twin Suspension Bridge

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