Before its coastline was explored by Europeans in the 16th century, Delaware was inhabited by several groups of Native Americans, including the
Lenape in the north and
Nanticoke in the south. It was initially colonized by
Dutch traders at
Zwaanendael, near the present town of
Lewes, in 1631. Delaware was one of the
13 colonies participating in the
American Revolution. On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the
Constitution of the United States, and has since been known as "The First State".
DuPont is often successful in popularizing the brands of its material products such that their
trademark names become
more commonly used than the generic or chemical word(s) for the material itself. One example is “neoprene”, which was intended originally to be a trademark but quickly came into common usage.
...that American Indian poet and Delaware-native
James Dillet Freeman is referred to as the "poet laureate to the moon"? His 1941 "Prayer for Protection" was taken aboard
Apollo 11 in July 1969 by Lunar Module pilot
Buzz Aldrin, and a microfilm of his 1947 "I Am There" was left on the moon by
James B. Irwin on
...that according to a survey by the National Science Foundation, Delaware has more doctoral-level (Ph.D.) scientists and engineers, as a percentage of the population, than any other state? Delaware also has a higher rate of patent awards, per person, than any other state.
Bassett was born April 2, 1745 at Bohemia Ferry in
Maryland, son of Arnold and Judith Thompson Bassett. His father was a part time tavern owner and farmer, but deserted the family when Bassett was young. He married Ann Ennals in 1774 and they had three children, Richard Ennals, Ann (known as Nancy), and Mary. After his first wife’s death he married Betsy Garnett in 1796. They were active members of the
Methodist Church, and gave the church much of their time and attention.
Fortunately, Bassett’s mother was the great granddaughter and an heiress of
Augustine Herrman, the original owner of Bohemia Manor, a massive estate in
Cecil County, and her family raised Bassett. Eventually this heritage provided him with inherited wealth and a plantation, Bohemia Manor, in
Cecil County, and much other property in
New Castle County,